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City's Centre for Compressor Technology enters Phase 2 of Air Compressor R&D project with Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Ltd (KPCL)

The globally-renowned Centre has begun the second phase of research and development into producing the best electrically driven screw compressors for the Indian market. The project is expected to have significant impact as India is one of the largest air compressor markets in the world.
by City Press Office (General enquiries)

The team of researchers from City's Centre for Compressor Technology, spearheaded by Professor of Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, has entered a 3-year project engagement supported by funding valued at £525k.

The project aims to demonstrate enhanced efficiency from concept design to implementation, and produce commercially competitive products. It will also develop competence through research in novel technologies with two additional PhD students from industry.

The successful completion of Phase 1 of the R&D project demonstrated the high-level design and engineering capabilities of the Centre’s staff and research students.

Based on the research outcomes and developments in the first stage, Kirloskar has already commercialised a range of their new compressors which are among the best in the Indian market. Phase 2 of this project will build on the first phase which involved design and manufacturing of a family of oil-injected compressors programme.


The project has three-way beneficiary impact; the Centre/City maintains its profile as leading research Centre for twin screw positive displacement machines; a number of candidates will benefit from fully funded PhD studentships and KPCL will benefit commercially from a range of high-performance screw compressors.

With Phase 2 funding, the Centre will deploy its experts, PhD researchers, and the newly refurbished facilities at the Thermo-fluids Research Centre - which are expected to be fully functional by the end of the year.

Further optimisation and commercialisation of oil-injected screw compressors developed in the Phase 1 will be supplemented by a range of oil-free machines, in Phase 2.

The Centre will also utilise its know-how in rotor profiling to develop new rotor profile for KPCL. The Centre holds patents for the “N” rotor profile (1996 and 2013), now seen as industry standard.

Mr Neeraj Bhargava, Vice President & SBU head at Kirloskar Pneumatic Co. Ltd said:

“We are very pleased with the results emerging from Phase 1 of the project and we are looking forward to further collaboration with the Centre for Compressor Technology from City, University of London.

Director of the Centre for Compressor Technology, Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, said:

This project has already proven to be a great success with City technology and knowledge being implemented in the design and manufacturing of highly efficient compressors for industrial use. We look forward to an even more collaborative relationship with our industrial partner KPCL, and to achieving further success.

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