Turbomachinery lab hosts second Middle East symposium

April 5, 2013
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The TEES Turbomachinery Laboratory wrapped up another successful event last month in Doha, Qatar.

The second Middle East Turbomachinery Symposium (METS2) took place March 17-20 at the Qatar National Convention Center and was held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry for Qatar.

The symposium combined a world-class technical conference with an international exhibit hall, attracting attendees from all over the world. Texas A&M University at Qatar dean and CEO, Dr. Mark Weichold attended the event along with representatives from the Qatar Ministry of Energy and Industry, executives from leading Middle Eastern petrochemical companies, and hundreds of international engineers.

Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Turbo Lab director Dr. Dara Childs told of the event's educational value to the industry.

"METS is the premier turbomachinery event in the Middle East, it offers an exciting occasion for industry leaders to share ideas, exchange technical knowledge, and to discuss ongoing industry-related issues," Childs said.

Delegates attended and engaged in a combination of 12 lectures, eight tutorials, eight discussion groups and 21 sessions of case studies, led by 133 authors from around the world. Topics included: compressors, steam and gas turbines, expanders, pumps and drivers, and auxiliary equipment such as couplings, bearings, gear boxes, dry gas seals and annular seals.

In the exhibition hall there were more than 65 leading companies from the Middle East, North America, Asia and Europe with booths featuring full-sized equipment, cutting-edge technology, and emerging industry trends.

The Turbomachinery Laboratory is a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and The Texas A&M University System.

In addition to planning METS, the Turbo Lab works year round to organize the program and ensure the overall success of the annual International Pump Users & Turbomachinery Symposia. METS was closely patterned after the Turbomachinery Symposia that have been developed and presented in Houston Texas for more than 40 years.

(Pictured right: Norihito Fujimura from the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp. leads a technical session)

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