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Professor Ahmed Kovacevic wins IMechE James Clayton Prize

City’s Howden/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Compressor Technology has been awarded the prestigious prize by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering for his outstanding contributions to the field of fluid machinery.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor Ahmed Kovacevic has won the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) James Clayton Prize (2020) for his outstanding contribution to the field of fluid machinery.

571420The Prize, first presented by the IMechE in 1945, is regarded as the most prestigious annual award made by IMechE to a member of the Institution in any grade (affiliate to Fellow).

Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, the Howden/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Compressor Technology, is the Director of City’s Centre for Compressor Technology.

Strategic collaborations

He is internationally renowned for his pioneering work on advanced methods and tools for analysis and design of rotary positive displacement machines and his outstanding contribution to the screw compressor industry.

In recent years his work has helped minimise the impact of compressor systems on the environment - they consume almost 20% of electrical energy generated in western countries.

Within the last five years, Professor Kovacevic has developed strategic collaborations with major screw compressor manufacturers to significantly improve the performance of their machines and introduce novel technologies in their new and efficient products.

These include Howden Compressors (UK), Kirloskar Pneumatics (India), Mayekawa (Japan), Jaecklin (Germany) and many others who have developed a portfolio of environmentally friendly compression products and increased their revenue streams. It is estimated that the reduction in carbon dioxide emission from the energy efficiency improvements resulting from this work totals 30 Mt (0.1% of total emissions).

This work has been considerably enhanced through the establishment of PDM Analysis Ltd, which Professor Kovacevic spun out of the Centre for Compressor Technology in 2014.

PDM Analysis has commercialised and further improved its SCORG software, the powerful tool developed by Professor Kovacevic and his team. This software, now used by over 50 corporations all over the world, is a multi-physics platform for the analysis and development of rotating positive displacement machines including screw compressors.

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