Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST (DIS Cmte Mtgs)
Weds, October 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST - Keith Millis Symposium
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST - Keith Millis Symposium
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM - NOON PM EST - Keith Millis Symposium

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Sonesta Resort 
130 Shipyard Drive
Hilton Head, SC 29928


Driving Directions 


Susan Lambert 

List of DIS Member Sponsors (will be added as received)

  • Primetrade, Inc.
  • Capital Refractories
  • Green Packinging, Inc.
  • OmniSource Corporation
  • Poitras Foundry

DIS Refund Policy

The DIS has adopted the following registration cancellation policy:

  • Full refund up to 14 days in advance 
  • 50% refund from 14 to 3 days in advance 
  • No refund within 3 days of meeting 
  • $50 extra on registrations at the door.

DIS 2018 Keith Millis Symposium on Ductile Iron


The 6th Keith Millis Symposium on  Ductile Iron will be held on Wednesday - Friday, October 24-26, 2018 at the Sonesta Resort, 130 Shipyard Drive, Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928.  DIS Committee meetings will be held Tuesday, October 23

See Tentative Meeting Agenda below for times. The list of topics will be updated as confirmed. Click the "Register Now" button to register online. REMEMBER TO CHOOSE THE "PAY WITH CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD" OPTION AND IGNORE THE PAYPAL OPTIONS when paying by CC. There is also a registration form link at the bottom of the page for downloading if you would rather register via paper form and pay by check or CC. This form is also available on the front page of the DIS Website at www.ductile.org.

Please register now to assure your place at this important and informative meeting. A block of rooms is being held for the nights of  October 23-25. There are a limited number of rooms for October 22 for DIS committee members.  Please reserve your room now to assure your reservation by calling the Hotel at their toll free number of 1-843-842-2400 or using the weblink following:


If telephoning reservations, please mention that you are with the Ductile Iron Society Group to assure the room rate of $160.00 a night single/double. In addition, the hotel charges a $10 resort fee.  The hotel cutoff date is October 1, 2018.

The Meeting Registration Fees are as follows: 

IMPORTANT!!!!!  All DIS members MUST use the  PROMO CODE included in your email invitation to register for the meeting at the member price!!!

  • DIS Member Fee if paying by check:  $575.00 
  • DIS Member Fee if paying by C.C.:    $595.00 
  • Spouse Fee                                         $150.00
  • Non-Member Fee:                               $695.00
  • Speaker/Presenter:                               Free

DIS REFUND POLICY:  Full refund up to 14 days in advance, 50% refund from 14 to 3 days in advance and No refund within 3 days of meeting; $50 extra on registrations paid after October 23 or at door!

There are no free admissions for Overseas Foundry Members and Members Under Age 35 for this meeting.



Tuesday, October 23, 2018, DIS Committee Meetings

  • 8:00 AM Research Sub-Committee Meeting - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • 9:00 AM Research Committee Meeting - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • 11:00 AM Registration Desk Opens - (Prefunction A,E)
  • 1:00 PM Program & Publications Committee - (Berkeley Board Room)
  • 1:00 PM Ductile Iron Marketing Committee - (Charleston Room)
  • 1:00 PM Univ. Relations Committee Meeting- (Jasper Room)
  • 1:00 PM Member Services Committee - (Dorchester Room)
  • 3:00 PM Directors Meeting - (Dorchester Room)
  • 3:00 PM Metalcasting Forum Group - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • (Everyone on their own for dinner)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Keith Millis Symposium on Ductile Iron

  • 7:00 AM Registration Desk Opens - (Prefunction A,E)
  • 6:30 AM Breakfast - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • 8:00 AM Technical Session - (Salon E,F,G,H )
  • 12:00 Noon Group Lunch - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • 1:00 PM Technical Session - (Salon E,F,G,H)
  • 5:00 PM Technical Session Adjourns
  • 6:00 PM Reception - (Beach Pavilion)
  • (Everyone on their own for dinner)

Thursday, October 25, 2018, Keith Millis Symposium on Ductile Iron

  • 6:30 AM Breakfast - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • 8:00 AM Technical Session Resumes - (Salon E,F,G,H)
  • 12:00 Noon Group Lunch - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • 1:00 PM Technical Session - (Salon E,F,G,H)
  • 5:00 PM Technical Session Adjourns
  • 6:30 PM Reception - (Prefunction A,E)
  • 7:30 PM Banquet - (Salon A,B,C,D)

Friday, October 26, 2018, Keith Millis Symposium on Ductile Iron

  • 6:30 AM Breakfast - (Salon A,B,C,D)
  • 8:00 AM Technical Session Resumes - (Salon E,F,G,H)
  • Noon Adjourn
  • Box lunch available at (Prefunction A,E)

Click the link below to  register via paper form. Once again, we appreciate your ongoing support for the Ductile Iron Society.

Jim Wood

Speakers & Topics

Wednesday, October 25

  • 8:00 A.M. Keynote Address: "We Just Need to Get Better at Telling Our Story", Dr. Steve Dawson, SinterCast
  • 8:45 A.M. "Elkem Research on Solution Strengthened Ferritic Ductile Iron (SSFDI)  Structure & Properties Using Different Treatment & Inoculation Materials", Cathrine Hartung, Elkem
  • 9:45 A.M. "Graphite Nucleation in Compacted Graphite Cast Iron", Gorka Alonso, IK4-Azterlan-Spain
  • 10:30 A.M. "Current Applications of Carbidic Austempered Ductile Iron (CADI) in the UK", Dr. Arron Rimmer, ADI Treatments
  • 1:15 A.M. "Designing Feeding Systems, Treatment and Good Foundry Practice for Ductile Iron", Elis Rivera, ASK Chemicals LP
  • 1:00 P.M. "The Use of Manganese and Increased Nodule Count for the Production of Austempered Ductile Iron (ADI): A Preliminary Study", Angella Sell, Applied Process
  • 1:45 P.M. "Automated Coating Control for the Production of Ductile & Compacted Graphite Iron Castings", Tim Birch, Foseco
  • 2:30 P.M. "Engineering Non-Metallic Inclusions to Control Solidification of SGI Castings", Dr. Simon Lekakh, Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • 3:30 P.M. "Solidification of Ductile and Compacted Irons, Macrostructure and Shrinkage Formation", Prof. Roberto Boeri, University Mar del Plata, Argentina
  • 4:15 P.M. "Team Approach to Reducing Scrap in Ductile Iron Castings", Dr. Sudesh Kannan, Co-Power LLC

Thursday, October 26

  • 8:00 A.M.  "Modification of Silicon Microsegregation in Solid Solution Strengthened Ductile Iron by Alloying with Aluminum", Daniel Franzen, RWTH Aachen University - Germany
  • 8:45 A.M.  "Integrated System of Thermal/Dimensional Analysis for Quality Control of Gray & Ductile Iron Castings Solidification", Iulian Riposan, Politehnica University of Bucharest - Romania
  • 9:45 A.M.  "Inoculation Solutions Against Metallurgical Problems", Aurelie Fay, FerroGlobe - France
  • 10:30 A.M.  "Microstructural Adjustment of the Degenerated Graphite Layer in Ductile Iron for Targeted Evaluation on the Fatigue Properties",  Adalbert Kutz, RWTH Aachen University - Germany
  • 11:15 A.M.  "Detailed Investigation on the Measurement of Thermal Analysis", Lizeth Medina, Neenah Foundry
  • 1:00 P.M.  "Demystifying Shrinkage Porosity in Ductile Iron Castings", Al Alagarsamy, Consultant
  • 1:45 P.M.  "Why is Graphite Spherical in Ductile Iron? A Study of Elements in the Spheroidal Graphite Using Atom Probe Tomography and Transmission Electron Microscopy",  JingJing Qing, Georgia Southern University
  • 2:30 P.M.  "DIS Research Project #57 - Heat Treatments to Develop High Strength Ferritic Ductile Iron", Richard Gundlach, Gundlach Consulting
  • 3:30 P.M.  "Front-End Ultrasonic Nodularity Determination Using Standard Coupons", Mike Robles, Jr., AAM-New Castle
  • 4:15 P.M.  "From Individual Graphite Assignment to an Improved Digita Image Analysis of Ductile Iron", Jessica Friess,  RWTH Aachen University - Germany

Friday, October 26

  • 8:00 A.M.  "Growth of Spheroidal Graphite: Light Versus Scanning & Transmission Electron Microscopies", Jacques Lacaze, University of Toulouse - France
  • 8:45 A.M.  "Influence of Carbide Promoting Elements on the Microstructure of High Silicon Ductile Iron", Moritz Riebisch, RWTH Aachen University - Germany
  • 9:45  A.M.  "Best Practice Filter Application Techniques for Vertically Parted Molding Machines", Tony Midea, Foseco
  • 10:30 A.M.  "Current Research in Mg Treated Cast Irons & Future Plans", Attila Dioszegi, Jonkoping University - Sweden