Rankine 2020 Conference

Where: United Kingdom, Europe
When: 27 July 2020 - 31 July 2020
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The IIR International Rankine 2020 Conference – Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation will now be held from 27 to 31st July as a virtual event allowing even more delegates to take part in this unique and unprecedented event.

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Coinciding with the bicentenary of the birth of scientist William Rankine, Rankine 2020 - Advances in Cooling, Heating and Power Generation will be the first event of its kind, exploring the synergy between the disciplines of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) and Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps (RACHP) with a view to generating a flow of ideas between the two fields.

The conference will take place from 26 to 29 July 2020 at the University of Glasgow, where Rankine worked and studied, and will provide the ideal platform to discuss the shared environmental challenges being faced today.  There will be an anticipated 120 papers which will give delegates insights into new opportunities to deliver efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.

There has been many changes since Rankine developed his power generation cycle over 150 years ago but with current environmental and sustainable issues being faced, and legislative changes coming to the forefront, Rankine’s ideas are more relevant than ever. We are living in an age where there is increasing demand for energy while at the same time fossil fuels are being phased out, Rankine’s power generation cycle will only become more important. While William Rankine would recognise the underlying science that is currently in use, the application of his technology is vastly different. This conference will spend time exploring the legacy of William Rankine, looking at his ground-breaking research to see what modern engineering can learn from this great Victorian innovator. It will also look to the future and offer a forum where the different disciplines of power generation, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps can come together to discuss their common challenges and learn from each other about the different solutions that are being developed to tackle them.

The event will include keynote speakers, workshops, short courses, a social programme and a session celebrating the life and legacy of William Rankine. There will be three streams exploring power generation, working fluids and heating and cooling.

 The conference programmes will feature three themes:

Cooling and Heating will focus on refrigeration systems with the reverse Rankine cycle. It will explore topics including compressors, heat transfer and exchanger, system/cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation.

Power generation will explore systems using organic fluids. The conference would especially welcome papers that compare organic Rankine cycle against other power generation applications. Themes will include expanders, heat transfer and exchangers, system/ cycle design and optimisation, novel applications and system simulation. Steam power generation will not be suitable for the programme unless in the context of organic Rankine cycle.

Working Fluids will explore new fluids, fluid blend, environmental impact, performance analysis and comparison. The conference will accept abstracts dealing both natural working fluids and fluorine based refrigerants.  

The event is expected to attract 300 delegates and 120 technical papers. Discounted registration for authors and students for this four day conference is available. 

Full details of how to submit abstracts and sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.rankine2020.com. The deadline for abstract submission is 13th September 2019.

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