Turbo Lab’s Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia sees another record year despite reschedule

January 3, 2018
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University hosted another record-breaking Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia despite a three-month delay due to Hurricane Harvey.

The 46th Turbomachinery and 33rd International Pump User’s Symposia (TPS 2017) was originally scheduled for Sept. 12-14 with short courses on Sept. 11. Due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas, the Turbo Lab announced on Aug. 29 that the event would be rescheduled for Dec. 12-14 with short courses on Dec. 11.

Undeterred by the reschedule, TPS 2017 attracted 89 new companies to the George R. Brown Convention Center, topping last year’s record by 10 companies. In total, the exhibition hosted 359 companies, just one shy of last year’s record-setting 360 companies. The exhibition spanned 216,000 gross square feet, featuring full-size equipment and emerging technology and industry trends from leading turbomachinery, pump and related organizations.

Eighty-eight percent of the exhibit floor for TPS 2018 is already reserved.

Four-thousand-six-hundred-twenty unique delegates representing 46 countries visited the exhibition or attended technical sessions. Engineers and technicians, from novice to experienced, chose from a combination of 15 short courses, 23 lectures, 16 tutorials, 23 discussion groups and 21 case studies. The technical program is selected by the turbomachinery and pump advisory committees and led by experts in their disciplines. 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.

Technical content from TPS 2017 will be available June 2018. Proceedings from previous symposia are free for download at turbolab.tamu.edu/proceedings.

“We are grateful to all of our authors, leaders, delegates, exhibitors and advisers who make TPS a staple event for the industry,” said Greg Gammon, director of operations for the Turbo Lab symposium office. “We saw great success, despite needing to reschedule the event with just two weeks’ notice. We know this would not have been possible without support from our industry partners, as well as our Houston vendors.”

Dr. Dara W. Childs retired Dec. 13 from his post as director of the Turbo Lab and chair of the TPS advisory committees. He was honored with a banquet dinner during the symposia. The search for a Turbo Lab director is underway.

TPS 2018 is set for Sept. 18-20, with short courses held in conjunction with the symposia on Sept. 17. To learn more about TPS, visit tps.tamu.edu. To reserve exhibit space, email martha@turbo-lab.tamu.edu.

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