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Setting standards

The Institute of Refrigeration is updating codes of practice and calling for conference papers. Secretary Miriam Rodway reports

The Institute of Refrigeration’s (IOR) refrigerant  safety codes are being updated to take into account recent changes in the 2014 F-Gas Regulations.

Changes have been made to the A1 (halocarbon) and A2 and A3 (flammable) codes. The codes for carbon dioxide (CO2) and ammonia refrigeration systemsremain unchanged.

The revised codes will be distributed free to all IOR members in September in their annual data update.

The update this year will go out on a data stick and will include: the complete set of safety codes; technical guidance notes; an introduction to alternative refrigerant properties, real zero guides and a selection of service engineers section practical bulletins.

The codes are also available for purchase by non-members from the IOR website at www.ior.org.uk.

Codes of practice

The IOR technical committee is also preparing a complete review of all four codes of practice in anticipation of the new EN378 refrigeration system safety standard being published early next year.

It is hoped that a draft of the revisions to EN378 will be circulated for approval by the European Standards Committees this autumn. 

The IOR codes are designed as guides to interpretation of the standard, which will be harmonised with the other relevant standards and legislation: namely the Machinery Directive; the Pressure Equipment Directive; DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations); the F-Gas Regulation; and the International Refrigeration Standard 5149.

Gustav Lorentzen conference

The institute is looking for UK case studies, practical research and examples of innovation related to the use of natural working fluids, in order to put together a programme for the 12th IIR Gustav Lorentzen Natural Working Fluids Conference, which will be held in Edinburgh next year.

The international conference, taking place on 21-24 August 2016, is being organised by the IOR’s international refrigeration committee, on behalf of the International Institute of Refrigeration.

The event is designed to attract a global network of researchers and industrialists to address the critical issues for the industry’s future.

Themes include:

  • Natural working fluids (CO2, hydrocarbons, air and water): components; barriers; heat transfer and fluid flow; supermarket technologies; replacementof existing systems; and new applications.
  • Sustainability in natural working fluids: environmental issues such as total cost of ownership; comparing environmental impact of the differentsolutions; heat recovery; CHP; trigeneration; effective use of heat pumps; using natural resources; and passive cooling.
  • Alternative cycles: non-conventional refrigeration systems, such as: secondary coolants; ice slurries; sorption systems and evaporative cooling.

The organisers would welcome papers that showcase practical case studies of how new sustainable technologies are being applied. Full details of how to submit abstracts and sponsorship opportunities can be found at the conference website www.gl2016.com. 

The deadline for abstract submission is 1 October 2015.

The event, which hasn’t been held in the UK since 2007, is expected to attract more than 350 delegates and 120 technical papers.  Full details of how to prepare abstracts as well as sponsorship opportunities are on the GL website.

Compressor conference

The 9th International Conference on Compressors and their Systems takes place on 7-9 September 2015, organised by City University, London, in conjunction with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the IOR.

The event will feature participation by manufacturers of compressors, expanders and systems and control systems; equipment suppliers; compressor users and research organisations.

It is a forum where developments in air, gas and refrigeration compressors, vacuum pumps, expanders, related systems and components can be presented for discussion.

The conference promises to cover:

  • technology development;
  • operation, maintenance and reliability;
  • safety and environmental impact;
  • energy efficiency and carbon footprint;
  • novel applications;
  • system integration and behaviour;
  • upgrades and refurbishment;
  • design and manufacture;
  • education and professional development.

A special programme of papers on the conference’s ‘industry day’ on Wednesday 9 September will involve representatives from industry, including IOR members. It will explore how companies are responding to changes in technology or market demands, for example due to economic, environmental or legislative changes.

The full programme is available at: http://www.city.ac.uk/compressorsconference/conference-programme. Discounts are available to IOR members who want to participate.  

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