The campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., will again be the site of concurrent compressor and refrigeration/air conditioning conferences in July 2008. The planners have already issued a call for abstracts for those wishing to present papers.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Planning is already underway for the every-other-year conferences at Purdue University dealing with compressor engineering and refrigeration/air conditioning. The International Compressor Engineering Conference and the International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference take place concurrently July 14-17, 2008, on the Purdue campus in West Lafayette.

Dec. 17, 2007, is the deadline for abstract submissions. On Jan. 14, 2008, authors will be told whether or not their abstracts have been accepted. Those whose abstracts are accepted will have until April 16 to submit manuscripts. By May 19, authors will be notified as to whether or not the manuscripts have been accepted.

Accepted manuscripts form the basis for the four days of formal presentations. Prior to the formal start of the conference July 14, two short courses will take place July 12-13. Proposed short course topics are noise and vibration in compressors and an update on natural refrigerants, according to planners.

Faculty from the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories at Purdue organizes the conferences along with many sponsoring and cooperating organizations from around the world.

Persons who register to attend are officially registered for both conferences and can move back and forth between them. Attendees are also given a CD of proceedings from both conferences, with about 250 papers on the disk. Registration includes a welcome reception, luncheon, and a steak barbeque outing.

Between 500 and 600 persons typically attend; participants come from more than 30 countries. All papers and presentations are made in English.

During the week, authors of papers summarize their findings and answer questions from the audience. In addition to the papers, keynote speakers are featured in plenary sessions “addressing current, worldwide issues of interest facing society today,” said organizers. Panel discussions highlight “the latest breakthroughs in technology, and alternative technologies in research and industry.”

Among topics covered in the compressor conference are centrifugal, reciprocating, rotary, screw, and scroll compressors; valve design; lubrication issues; noise reduction technologies; variable-speed compressors; CO2 compressors; and compressors for air and industrial gases.

In the refrigeration and air conditioning conference, topics include equipment for high-rise buildings, alternative refrigerants, demand-limited controls, domestic refrigerators and freezers, heat exchanger modeling, heat pumps, heat transfer, industrial refrigeration, lubrication issues, mini-splits, natural refrigeration, efficiency standards, secondary fluids, supermarket refrigeration systems, and transcritical CO2 systems.

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Publication date:08/06/2007