Since January 2008 when the IFRF’s online search engine was launched, some 220 technical documents have been selected and ordered by IFRF Member organizations and delivered to them in PDF format at zero or minimal cost.
Whilst individual Members may download Current Reports (those published between January 2007 and the present date) directly from the Members’ Research Area of the website, access to any of the thousands of technical documents published prior to January 2007 requires the use of the online search engine to query the reports database and identify the documents most relevant to a user’s needs. The selected documents may then be ordered from the IFRF via the Member Organisation’s Main Contact Person. Each Member Organisation may order up to five technical reports per year at no cost. Reports in excess of that number are charged for at Euro 20 each.
Searches may be made against words contained in the title, the abstract or the full text of IFRF documents, as well as by author. The search engine allows users to search against single or multiple entries in these search fields as well as against a combination of criteria in different search fields. Searches may be broadened or restricted using AND or OR conditions for the criteria selected.
A quick guide to the numbering system used to classify IFRF reports appears below. Members would be interested only in C, D, E, F, G, and K reports:
- A: Administrative (Minutes of Joint and Executive Committee meetings)
- B: Financial (Accounts, forecasts, etc)
- C: Calibration of instruments, details on test rigs, etc.
- D: Planning reports (IFRF Triennial planning, privately funded projects)
- E: Results of tests (include no interpretation, e.g. data sheets)
- F/G: Research reports (tests, modelling, etc.)
- H: Confidential, for private committments
- L: Internal procedures (e.g. Classification of documents and numbering)
- K: Documents in the public domain
F reports have accounted for the bulk of the 224 reports ordered to date. The report requested most frequently has been F 45/y/1 “Characterisation of heavy fuel oil atomizers”, a report written in 1997 by Weber, R., Verlaan, A. and Fecamp B.
Access to the IFRF Reports Archive represents a major benefit of IFRF membership and maximum advantage should be taken of this facility. Another facility of which individual Members may not be aware is that they can download directly from the Conferences area of the IFRF website the proceedings of the latest IFRF International Conferences, certain technical meetings and all TOTeMs from TOTeM 33 back to TOTeM 12.