The Centre for Compressor Technology offers world leading research and development of twin screw machines and compression and expansion technologies.
The Centre is the hub for scientists, engineers and industrial experts to work together to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the compressor industry in energy utilisation.
To extend the boundaries of understanding of machines for compression and expansion processes, thereby:
- Enabling them to operate more efficiently over a wider range of conditions, with aim to reducing both environmental impact and manufacturing costs
- Utilising such machines in novel configurations for improved recovery of power from low grade heat
- Serving as an aid to industry in the design, manufacture and operation of such machines, both in existing and novel forms.
Expertise and capabilities
Funded mainly by industrial contracts, but with some input from public funding, members of the centre have developed software for improved analytical modelling of both compression and expansion processes, the use of computational fluid dynamics for more detailed studies, including solid-fluid interaction and noise reduction and test facilities for both air and refrigerant compressors and detailed internal flow measurements.
By this means, apart from its ongoing research activities, the centre is able to investigate and solve industrial problems, offer courses in machine design both to registered students and industrial engineers, license proprietary software and, if required, carry out the complete design, build and testing of prototype machines for industry.
Additionally, the centre organises and hosts a biennial International Conference on Compressors and their Systems, which is sponsored by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and leading industrial manufacturers.
This has been functioning since 1999 and is a leading forum for academic, research and industrial organisations concerned with the development of fluid machinery.
Centre members have been granted 12 patents, published three monographs, 85 journal papers, 166 conference publications and over 200 industrial reports, for which they have received 13 professional awards and prizes.