Turbomachinery & International Pump Users Symposia sees another record-breaking year

September 26, 2016
| By: Brooke Conrad

The Turbomachinery Laboratory, a center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) center and a member of The Texas A&M University System, had another record-breaking Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, which was held Sept. 12-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

The Turbo Lab’s 44th Turbomachinery and 32nd International Pump Users Symposia (TPS 2016) attracted 5,375 unique attendees representing 40 countries, and a record-breaking 360 exhibiting companies, topping last year’s number by 10 companies. The exhibit hall, which spanned 69,600 square feet, featured full-sized equipment, cutting-edge technology and emerging industry trends from leading turbomachinery, pump and related companies. The symposia were collocated with the Roseland Oil and Gas Houston Oil & Gas Convention. TPS 2017 [Office1] will be collocated with Roseland Oil and Gas and Insulation Expo USA (IEX).

Attendees participated in a number of continuing education sessions, a cornerstone program of the event. Engineers, from novice to experienced, chose from a combination of 19 short courses, 17 lectures, 24 tutorials, 29 discussion groups and 24 case studies selected by the turbomachinery and pump advisory committees and led by industry experts. Topics included compressors, steam and gas turbines, expanders, pumps and drivers, and auxiliary equipment such as couplings, bearings, gearboxes, dry gas seals and annular seals.

“TPS is known as the meeting of choice for users and manufacturers of commercial turbomachinery,” said Dr. Dara W. Childs, director of the Turbomachinery Lab and Leland T. Jordan Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. “The quality exchange of technical knowledge among delegates at this year’s symposia has reinforced that reputation. We’re pleased to host a staple event for the industry.”

 Proceedings from previous symposia are free for download at turbolab.tamu.edu/proc/. Technical content from TPS 2016 will be available March 2017.

TPS 2017 will be hosted at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston September Sept. 12-14, with short courses offered on Sept. 11. Visit tps.tamu.edu or call 979-845-7417 for more information.

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