Turbo Lab's 42nd Turbomachinery & 29th Pump Symposia boasts record-breaking attendance

October 17, 2013
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The 42nd Turbomachinery and 29th International Pump Users Symposia (Pump & Turbo 2013) was held recently at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, posting a new record for attendance as 5,857 people took part in the four-day event.

The number of attendees was almost 400 more than the 2012 event and the annual Symposia featured a record-number of countries represented, international attendees, and booths filled in the exhibit hall.

The Symposia's technical program included 90 sessions led by accomplished industry leaders from around the world. Topics covered included compressors, steam and gas turbines, expanders, pumps and drivers, and auxiliary equipment such as couplings, bearings, gearboxes, dry gas seals and annular seals.

More than 300 of the leading companies from the turbomachinery and pump industries displayed full-size equipment, cutting-edge technology and emerging industry trends.

Symposia Chairman, Dr. Dara Childs, spoke highly of the excitement during the event.

"The growth and energy surrounding the symposia is remarkable," said Childs. "This year we saw remarkable company displays and increased foot traffic in the exhibit hall, overflow seating in technical sessions, and an increase in overall attendance."

The Turbomachinery Symposium began in 1971 and the Pump Symposium began in 1984. In 2011 the symposia were combined and are now held jointly every fall in Houston. The Pump & Turbo Symposia has become a staple event for industry professionals and leading companies. Built on a history of success, this annual event promotes professional development, technology transfer, peer networking, and information exchange among industry professionals.

The event was organized by the Turbomachinery Laboratory, part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and The Texas A&M University System.

For more information on Pump & Turbo 2013 including the full technical program list, exhibiting company list, post-event profile and more, email info@turbo-lab.tamu.edu. Proceedings from previous symposia are available free to download online at turbolab.tamu.edu/proc/. The technical content from Pump & Turbo 2013 will be added to this collection in March 2014.

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