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Broad RACHP focus sought for Rankine 2020 Conference

IOR event to commemorate 200 years since birth of influential mechanical engineer William Rankine will consider ongoing impact of his work on latest cooling innovation and research

Next year’s Rankine 2020 Conference is expected to be the first international event that will consider the combined disciplines of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (RACHP).

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), which is sponsoring the four-day event at the University of Glasgow between July 26 to 29, said that the conference will have a wide focus that considers issues such as power generation and working fluids and refrigerant, alongside the legacy of William Rankine.

Abstracts are now being sought until September 13 by organisers to help steer discussions with an estimated 300 delegates that will be at the conference to look at key themes such as cooling innovation and practical applications for a range of new technologies and products.

The IOR said in a statement, “The event will attract an international audience of researchers and industrialists. It will address critical issues for the future and will encourage the flow of ideas between the two closely related fields. It will provide a forum to discuss the shared environmental challenges being faced, the solutions being proposed and the difficulties in choosing the most efficient working fluids.”

Among the key themes to be discussed at the event will be use of the reverse Rankine cycle in refrigeration systems. The focus will also look at compressors, heat transfer, optimisation and system simulation.

Power generation and work to compare the organic Rankine cycle against other types of applications will also be looked at, the IoR added. However, organisers have said that steam power generation would not be considered unless in the context of the organic Rankine cycle.

Abstracts that consider the implications for the cooling industry of new approaches to natural working fluids and fluorine-based refrigerants are meanwhile being sought for the event, particularly with regard to how these products, or new blends of gas can perform in systems.

A major challenge currently facing industry around refrigerant use and system development are considerations of how operational performance can be balanced with a minimal environmental impact – particularly with types of gas that have some level of flammability or even toxicity.

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