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Compressor experts converge on City for renowned conference

City University London is hosting the International Conference on Compressors and their Systems for the seventh time on 5 and 6 September 2011.
by Luke Nava

Originally proposed by City's renowned Centre for Positive Displacement Compressors in the late 1990s and initially organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), this biennial event has become a key date in the diaries of manufacturers, suppliers, users and researchers in the compressors field.

With attendees from 16 countries, the two-day conference will review the latest developments in air, gas and refrigeration compressors, vacuum pumps, expanders, and related systems and components. This year, it has been organised by City in collaboration with the IMechE and with sponsorship from PTG Precision Components, Howden Compressors and Kapp Coburg.

City's Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, Howden Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, says: "The International Conference on Compressors and their Systems has become the place to meet specialists in the field. It enables researchers to tackle the latest technical issues and suppliers to meet their clients, both through formal seminars and a lively social programme."

City's Centre for Positive Displacement Compressors has been at the forefront of research and consultancy in the field for more than 16 years. It has worked with 69 companies in 31 countries across all continents, generating an income of approximately £8 million and publishing more than 130 research papers in conference proceedings and journals.

In June 2011, start-up company Heliex Power Ltd unveiled a new energy recovery system based on the steam screw expander technology developed and patented by the Centre. Professor Ian K Smith, Director of the Centre and the Chair of the Conference, says the system "promises to improve the efficiency of power generation and manufacturing processes and make green, geothermal energy production more feasible."

For more information on the conference programme or to register your attendance, please visit

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