• Members’ Conference Update

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The draft programme for the IFRF’s 16th International Members’ Conference “Combustion and sustainability: new technologies, new fuels, new challenges” which takes place in Boston in June, now includes the details of the two workshops which will take place on the Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Tuesday’s workshop is entitled “Experiments and simulations: extracting information from uncertain measurements and predictions” and will be chaired by Professor Phil Smith of the University of Utah.  On the following day IFRF Vice President Jacques Dugué will chair the workshop entitled “Present and future applications of flameless combustion in various industries and processes.”

The Scientific Committee is particularly satisfied to offer these two workshops which embody and reinforce the spirit of cooperation and team effort which is key to the IFRF’s objective for this conference – to cultivate and facilitate the transfer of winning combustion technologies across industries and applications. 

As previously reported in MNM, there are four keynote speakers at the conference.  MIT Professor J. Beer will deliver the first plenary lecture, “Fossil Fuel Power Generation in a Carbon Constrained World”.  He will be followed by Dr. Kaoru Maruta, Professor at The Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, and the leader of the Japanese Combustion Institute.  The title of his presentation is “Microcombustion and its application to study on multi-stage oxidation of practical fuels.”  Tuesday and Wednesday will be opened by Professors Klaus Hein and Jost Wendt respectively.  Professor Hein will  address “Sustainable Energy Supply and Environment Protection-Strategies and Technologies in Europe” whilst Professor Wendt’s presentation is entitled “Oxy-coal combustion for retrofit: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Some forty papers have been accepted for the conference and the presentations will be grouped within eight technical themes running in four parallel sessions.  These are identified in the draft programme.  A full programme will be published soon.

Delegates are invited to check the conference website for an update on the social programme.  The site also provides links to registration and payment facilities and to the Boston Hilton Back Bay Hotel for bookings.  Hotel rooms will be held for conference delegates only until 8 May so it is essential that bookings be made this week.