Our Services

Refractory Inspection

Modern Refractory Inc. offers a full array of refractory inspection services carried out by API 936 certified inspectors, each possessing a minimum of 10 years of refractory experience in supervisory roles. These skilled professionals have knowledge and expertise in materials and their applications, modern installation methods, engineering designs, project planning and scheduling—all aspects of managing major refractory projects.

Refractory inspection services - AA22s speed hex installation
Refractory Inspection Services - Examination of existing refractory materials

At the heart of business is our specialized expertise in risk-based analysis. Our refractory experts conduct inspections that assess the probability and the consequences of refractory issues. This analysis helps you, the client, make an informed decision about how to proceed.

Our inspectors work side-by-side with you on your project from start to finish. From the initial inspection to scope building to continuous quality assurance checks, Modern Refractory Inc. will provide you with information and guidance you can trust to help you complete a refractory repair project, manage a scheduled shutdown or tackle a new refractory installation.

Refractory Inspection Services - Measuring material tolerance and risk
Refractory Inspection Services - Identification of repair areas

Our refractory inspection services include:

  • ITP (Inspection Test Plan) Reviews
  • Contractor Installation Procedure Mark-up and Approval
  • Initial Inspections
  • Scope Building
  • Materials Testing
  • Pre-qualification of Contractors and Materials
  • On-site Installation Surveillance/Inspections
  • Monitoring of Hold Points
  • Pre- and Post-Dryout Inspections
  • Start-to-Finish Documentation with Final Sign-Off

Mobile Inspection Lab

Our inspection services have expanded to now include a mobile testing lab. To inquire about our new mobile lab, please visit our Products page.


Engineering Consulting

The experts at Modern Refractory Inc. guarantee unbiased analyses of your proposed refractory repairs or new projects. Operating independently of industry contractors and suppliers, you can count on us to provide information and guidance that is geared solely towards your needs, requirements and expectations.

Refractory Inspection Services - Repair inspection and sign off
Refractory Inspection Services - Creation of refractory test samples

You need to know if your repair or construction project is viable and optimal in terms of design, materials, and construction. Modern Refractory Inc. will tell you—straight!

Our engineering consulting services include:

  • Review of Project Specifications and Plans
  • Development of Work/Scope Definitions
  • Review of Contractor Procedures and ITPs
  • Preparation of Final Report and Recommendations
Refractory Inspection Services - API 936 inspector

Common Refractory Issues

Refractory materials do have limited lifespans—they eventually begin to degrade and lose their efficiency. However, if refractory issues arise well before the expected lifetime of the material, that’s due to problems with material, design, and/or installation.

Modern Refractory will conduct a risk-based analysis to determine the underlying cause of your refractory issues, which may include:

Explosive Spalling

Surface or Internal Cracks

Surface Ware/Erosion

Explosive Spalling

Refractory Issues - Explosive Spalling

This is the loss of fragments (“spalls”) from the face of a refractory. It occurs when there is an excessive buildup of steam within the refractory material as it is heated, causing a sudden and severe explosion. This is due to an excess of water within the material, usually caused by irregular drying of the refractory material or by sub-optimal environmental conditions during installation.

Surface or Internal Cracks

Refractory Issues - Surface or Internal Cracks

These cracks emerge after repeated cycles and operational influences such as heat stress, geometry, expansion and contraction of the refractory material, and changes in volume.

Surface Ware / Erosion

Refractory Issues - Surface Ware

This is the loss/destruction of particles at the surface/hot face of the refractory material where it meets the slag (by-product) of the material being smelted. The wear/erosion results from the interaction of the refractory material with the particles and chemicals of the slag for extended periods at operating temperatures.