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City marks milestone in compressor technology leadership

The Centre for Compressor Technology hosts the 10th biennial International Conference on Compressors and their Systems.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

The Centre for Compressor Technology at City, University of London, organised and hosted the 10th biennial International Conference on Compressors and their Systems from 11th to 13th September.

The conference was supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR), and the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and was sponsored by Holroyd PTGHowdenKapp NilesHoerbiger and Samputensili.

City’s President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, welcomed delegates to the conference on 11th September, emphasizing the importance of the Conference to the University’s overall strategic plan.

Chaired by Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, Howden Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, the conference was attended by 214 delegates from 23 countries, with 100 papers presented. Eighty-eight technical papers were delivered in parallel sessions during the first two days of the conference.  These were selected from 184 proposed abstracts, peer reviewed by globally recognised experts, and published by the renowned Institute of Physics’ (IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering).

The tone of the conference was set by four keynotes two on each day of the conference focusing on the history and development of the compression industry on the first day and on refrigeration on the second day.

New technologies

The Industry Day, introduced for the first time at the 9th Conference in 2015, has now become a standard event on the final day of the conference. Eight industry representatives spoke to 100 delegates about business and market influences on the design and manufacture of compressors, including the impact of new technologies and changes in economic, environmental and regulatory conditions.

The conference was preceded by the 3
rd Short Course/Forum on Computational Fluid Dynamics in Positive Displacement Compressors, from 9th to 10th September, organised by Dr Sham Rane. This attracted 56 delegates from industry and academia.

The Conference Dinner was held at The Royal Society, where world turbulence expert, Professor Emeritus Kemo Hanjalic FREng (from Technical University Delft), delivered the keynote speech.

During the social event held at St Bart’s Brewery on the second night, City’s Dr Sham Rane was awarded the Best Technical Paper Award (received from the President of IMechE); Manuel Grieb from Technical University Dortmund won the Best Student Paper (received from the Director-General of the International Institute of Refrigeration); and the Best Student Presentation was awarded to Marcus Yiquan Lin, from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (received from the President of the IOR).

Commenting on the success of the event, Professor Kovacevic said:

“I received a large number of very positive comments about the organisation of the conference and the quality of the space in which it took place. Lucy Bennett and Louise Gordon from the City Events team, Dr Matthew Read who chaired the review committee ensuring the high technical standard of the conference, Dr Sham Rane who brilliantly organised the Short Course, and Afia Masood who joined us as the Secretary of the Conference only two months ago, all did an excellent job. Professor Jamshid Nouri, our Head of the Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics Department provided great support and encouragement in the organisation of the conference.”

Professor Pega Hrnjak, Director of the University of Illinois Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Centre was very impressed with the conference, and said:

“There was an excellent selection of research papers and technologies presented at this very well organized conference.”

Professor Kovacevic added:

“The Centre for Compressor Technology is the world leading institute for research on compressors and expanders. The conference, combined with the display of our lab facilities has assisted the Centre and the University to demonstrate the excellence of our research and education profile.”

Definition
Positive displacement compressors

Positive displacement compressors draw in and capture a volume of air in a chamber, then reduce the volume of the chamber to compress the air.  Reciprocating Piston Compressors, Rotary Screw Compressors, Rotary Vane Compressors, and Scroll Compressors are all positive displacement compressors.

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