Herrick Conferences

July 9-12, 2018

Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

In 1972, a group of Purdue University professors saw the need for a research conference on compressors and started the International Compressor Engineering Conference.  In 1986, the refrigeration conference was added, and in 2002 research on air conditioning became part of this conference.  2010 brought another addition to these research conferences with the High Performance Buildings Conference.  Recent environmental concerns have emphasized this new area where Purdue feels it can serve as a venue for cutting-edge research presentations.

The most recent conferences were held July 11-14, 2016.  The next conferences will take place July 9-12, 2018.

Similar to previous conference editions, CEUs (Continuing Education Units) may be available for attendance at these conferences. These credits usually apply to any ‘continuing education’ needed within the industry in which you have a career. Please email Kim Stockment if you are interested in receiving CEU credit from these conferences.

Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Andy Pearson – Group Managing Director, Star Refrigeration, Ltd.

Innovation in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning

In the last 30 years or so the amount spent on research and development in the refrigeration and air-conditioning sectors has been driven by the phase-out of traditional refrigerants and their replacement by a variety of solutions including new fluids which have similar performance but are less harmful to the environment, new ways to use even older substances such as ammonia, carbon dioxide, water and air and new ways of achieving cooling without using the Perkins cycle. Despite this massive effort, the core technology used to provide refrigeration is, in fact, pretty much the same as in was 60 years ago. In this wide-ranging and thought-provoking review of innovation in refrigeration and air-conditioning Andy Pearson considers why this might be. Using practical examples he encourages the audience to think like an innovator then looks at some of the areas in which innovation has flourished over 30 years. The review also considers areas in which the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry has been less successful in innovating and concludes by looking to the future and imagining what new pressures might come to bear and how we can best respond to them.

Ed Arens – Director, Center for the Built Environment – University of California, Berkley

Personal comfort system research at the Center for the Built Environment, University of California Berkeley

The engineered indoor environment consists almost entirely of systems in which temperature and humidity are controlled while air movement and other asymmetrical influences are minimized. Such systems are simple to visualize, design, and control. They also leave at least 20 percent of their occupancies dissatisfied.

Future buildings will save energy and improve satisfaction by using personal comfort systems (PCS) having the ability to offset a widened range of indoor temperatures while also overcoming the variability in occupant individual preferences.

Jack Elson – Retiree, Emerson Climate Technologies

The Past, Present & Future of Reciprocating Compressors

Both reciprocating compressor design technologies and the vapor compression cycle were necessary inventions to lead the way to a practical solution for modern food preservation and environmental comfort. These will be reviewed along with a review of reciprocating compressor evolution and the various technology challenges and developments required to improve both durability and efficiency as the product type evolved from external drive, to semi-hermetic, to hermetic design variations. Today all product types have successful applications with such examples as external drive for automotive AC and transport refrigeration, semi-hermetic for commercial refrigeration and AC, and hermetic for household refrigeration and residential AC and heat pump.

Reciprocating compressor product development has benefited significantly from the instrumentation and analytical tools developed to better understand and improve product durability and performance. These will be reviewed along with a review of future development possibilities for the reciprocating compressor.

Reinhard Radermacher – Co-founder of the Center for Environmental Energy Engineering

Future Perspectives of AC/R/HP

Before a backdrop of technology development in general and challenges facing our society at large, the presentation will explore opportunities for energy efficiency in buildings in general and HVAC&R in particular. Emphasis is placed on vapor compression, refrigerant choice and include a brief discussion of non-vapor compression systems and their components. The presentation will conclude with examples of the potential contributions resulting from a systematic approach to component and system optimization.

For more information or to register, visit engineering.purdue.edu/Herrick/conferences

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