International Conference on Compressors and their Systems 2019
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International Conference on Compressors and their Systems 2019

Conference programme


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Social Activities

The conference dinner (for ticket holders only) will take place on Day 1 (Monday 11th September) at the Royal Society of Science. Coaches will be avialable to take delegates from the university to the dinner venue.

The social reception (for all delegates) will take place on Day 2 (Tuesday 12th September) at St Bart's Brewery.

All delegates are also invited to a Welcome Reception on Sunday 10th September at City, University of London City Bar.


Holroyd Precision
Kapp Niles
Samputensili Machine Tools Srl
Convergent Science
PDM Analysis
Gamma Technologies (GT-SUITE)

Published papers - IOP Conference Series

The proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Compressors and their Systems have been published online by IOP Publishing.

The proceedings have been published as Volume 232 of IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering – an open access journal from IOP Publishing.


Keynote Lecture:
Prof Ian M. Arbon CEng CEnv  -  50 years of innovation in gas compression

This paper traces the author’s own experience of innovation in the gas compression business from starting as an apprentice at Peter Brotherhood Ltd in 1967 up to the present day and his involvement as Chairman of Vert Rotors UK Ltd with the highly-innovative and potentially ‘disruptive’ Conical Rotary Compressor technology.  The paper covers some of the ‘milestones’ of pioneering gas compressor design and application over that half-century, from building large API618 reciprocating compressors on the shop floor at PBL, through designing large API617 centrifugal compressors at DeLaval Stork in the Netherlands, to axial-flow and twin-screw compressors with M.A.N-GHH in Germany, the UK and the USA.  This experience was followed by Prof Arbon’s years as, successively, MD of Howden Compressors Ltd, Caledonian Compressors Ltd and Peter Brotherhood Ltd.  Throughout career, he has been presented with new applications which have required solutions that, at the time, required novel and innovative technology development, no matter how mainstream some of them have since become (e.g. the use of oil-injected twin-screw compressors on process gases).  The paper is illustrated by numerous examples of this pioneering gas compression technology.

About the Author:
Prof Ian Arbon profile picIan Arbon is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Registered European Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist, with an MSc in ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’ and an MBA.  Formerly MD of gas compressor suppliers:  Howden Compressors Ltd, Caledonian Compressors Ltd and Peter Brotherhood Ltd, he now runs Engineered Solutions, a Sustainable Engineering consultancy, as well as being non-executive Chairman of Vert Rotors UK Ltd.  Ian is a Fellow of IMechE; having chaired its Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group and its Renewable Power Committee, he is now spearheading the Institution’s work in Energy Storage (and Lead Author of its 2014 Report).  He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Energy Institute, the Institute of Refrigeration and the Institute of Engineers & Shipbuilders in Scotland;  he has been a Visiting Professor in Alternative Energy at Newcastle University and Module Leader for ‘Energy Policies, Politics and Ethics’ on its REFLEX and REEM MSc courses since 2006;  he has been an Honorary Professor in Sustainable Energy at the University of Glasgow since 2010 and also teaches on its Renewable Energy MSc courses, including sessions on gas compressors and expanders. Ian is also the author of two textbooks on gas compression technology.

Keynote Lecture:
Dr. Gunther Machu - How recent trends in the Oil & Gas market are influencing the design of reciprocating compressors 

Following the dramatic decline of the oil price for the first time in 2008 and later in 2014, a significant change of behaviour of the users of reciprocating compressor equipment was observed. Whereas in the years prior to the oil price crisis a detailed, high fledged specification of each and every piece of technology was the norm, now the end users of compression equipment have realized the high costs associated to this approach. Hence, end users now have to balance capital expenditure with the total cost of ownership of new equipment - two seemingly conflicting requirements, especially considering the long lifetime of reciprocating compressors, which is typically in the range of 25 to 50 years. Also, the environmental impact of the equipment is more and more in the focus.
This has led to significant design and footprint changes of reciprocating equipment, enabled by new technology. In this paper examples of this changes for various applications in the oil and gas industry will be given, and key technologies enabling the change will be presented. 

About the Author:
Dr. Gunther Machu is Head of Global Engineering Compression Technology of HOERBIGER, Austria. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Technology, Vienna; PhD in Fluid mechanics at the University of Technology, Graz. In 2001 Gunther started working for HOERBIGER as R&D engineer. In 2007 he was appointed Head of Corporate R&D Compressor Solutions. In 2009 became Head of Global Product Management Compressor Solutions, and in 2016 Head of Global Engineering. Gunther is also a member of the board of the EFRC, the European Forum for Reciprocating Compressors. Gunther is passionately researching new opportunities in HOERBIGERr markets, by being close to the worldwide customer base and identifying their future needs.

Conference Dinner Guest Speaker:
Prof. Em. Kemal (Kemo) Hanjalić, FREng, Delft University of Technology (NL)

Kemo Hanjalić, PhD (Imperial College), served as Head of Thermal and Fluids Sciences at TU Delft, Nl (1994-2Kemal Hanajalic005), and prior to that as Professor at the Michigan University of Technology, USA, and the University of Sarajevo, BH. He was a guest Professor at the Univ. of Erlangen and TU Darmstadt, held Marie Curie Chair at “Sapienza” University of Rome (2007-10) and was Lead Scientist at the Novosibirsk  State University, Russia (2011-16). He has published on topics of fluid flow,  heat transfer,  combustion, MHD,  and  has  been internationally recognized as a major contributor to the development of turbulence models.  He has also worked on developments of piston and screw compressors, entrained coal-gasification, pulse combustors, detonation wave technique for deposit removal. He (co)-authored 4 books, edited 12 volumes and served as Editor-in-Chief of the “Flow, Turbulence and Combustion” journal (Springer, 2005-15). He received a Max Plank Research Award (Ge), a D.Sc.(Eng) from the Univ. London (UK), Dr.h.c. of the University of Reims (Fr), and is  International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Institute of Physics, of ASME and of ICHMT. He is 'Commander 1st Class of the Order Lion of Finland'  and  'Officer of the (Royal Dutch) Order Oranje-Nassau’.

Keynote Lecture:
Prof. Pega Hrnjak

Title: Situation of Carbon Dioxide as refrigerant and what can we expect (download speech as pdf)
Abstract: The only low GWP, non-flammable, non-toxic, A1 refrigerant is gaining traction after being reintroduced in various applications some 20 year ago.  The presentation will discuss the advantages, shortcomings and potential in various applications as well as obstacles and reasons to become real mainstream option.

About the Author:
Professor Hrnjak is Director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center (ACRC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is also a founder, owner and president of 50 engineers strong Creative Thermal Solutions (CTS), a vibrant research company that bridges ACRC activities (precompetitive research in function of education) and industry. He is fellow of SAE, ASME, ASHRAE, was on the board of Directors of IIAR and is editor or member of the boards of several professional scientific journals. He is recipient of Gustav Lorentzen, J&E Hall and Rittinger medals, among other awards.  He is academician of AESS (AINS), in his native Serbia. Pega joined the University of Illinois in 1992.  His research focus is on energy conversion systems, microchannel heat exchanges, natural and synthetic refrigerants with applications: space, air, automotive, stationary, unitary, commercial, and industrial. Pega got formal education from the University of Belgrade where he started academic career from RA to Assist. Professor.  He also worked at Technical University of Denmark, University of Missouri Rolla, etc. He published over 150 archival journal articles, 350 technical papers, 100 reports, gave over 150 invited lectures, wrote several chapters in books, graduated over 100 PhD and MS students.

Keynote Lecture:
Prof. Quanke Feng - A New Concept Single Screw Compressors 

Single screw compressors were generally acknowledged as one of the nearly perfect machines by compressor researchers and manufacturers, however the quick wear of star-wheel in single screw compressor during operation is a key reason why it can't join into the main current compressor market in nearly 50 years. After more than 10 years hard work, the authors' research group proposes a multi-column compound enveloping theory, design method and manufacture technology for this kind of single screw compressor. As the world's environment becoming worse, the new single screw compressor with water injected lubrication system was also studied and developed, which is much more pro-environmental compared to the traditional oil injected one.Several kinds of prototypes were developed and operated over 2000 hours will full loading conditions. Results show that the new concept engaging paid can get rid of star-wheel's wear, even for the cast iron star-wheel. In this paper, Prof Quanke Fengtwo kinds of numeral control millings are developed to cut screw rotors and rotor-gate. Furthermore, their working efficiency increases by 8-10 times.All of those advantages can remarkably enhance the competitiveness of single screw compressors in world markets.

About the Author: 
Quanke Feng, 64 years old, professor in Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. He is the former chairmen of the National Compressor Industry Association Technical Committee, and also enjoyed the State Council special allowance. His research field is in power engineering and engineering thermodynamics, specially in compressor, refrigeration and cryogenic machinery. He has published more than 100 paper in different journals and conferences, and obtained more than 20 invention patents. These include an environment test facility for manned spacecraft, reciprocating-piston compressors, the China Advanced Research Reactor cold neutron source design and the development and testing of single screw compressors, in which, as a result of ten years of intensive investigation, his research group has made great breakthroughs in their profile design and manufacture.