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Turbo Lab embarking on annual Turbomachinery & International Pump Users Symposia after weather delay


The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University is embarking on its 46thTurbomachinery and 33rd International Pump Users Symposia (TPS 2017) after a three-month delay due to Hurricane Harvey.

TPS is a unique conference for rotating equipment engineers and technicians, spanning oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, power, aerospace, and water industries. The technical program, hand-selected by a committee of industry experts, combined with an international exhibition makes TPS a valuable platform for networking and new learning opportunities.


TPS 2017 will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, Dec. 12 – 14, with full-day short courses offered on Monday, Dec. 11 in conjunction with the symposia. The symposia and short courses were originally scheduled for Sept. 11-14, but were postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Paid symposia delegates may choose to attend a combination of 15 short courses, 23 lectures, 16 tutorials, 23 discussion groups and 21 case studies led by experts in their fields. Continuing education credits are offered for all technical sessions.


Despite the reschedule, the exhibition has drawn 358 companies, including 89 who are new to TPS, a record for the symposia. Thirty-six companies dropped from the exhibition due to the reschedule, but 33 additional companies reserved exhibit space between mid-September and early December.

Companies will have new technology and full-size equipment on display. Upon completion of a free pass registration form, the exhibit hall will be free to the public at the following times: Tuesday, 2:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – noon.

“We are pleased to host another symposia—the meeting of choice for users and manufacturers of commercial turbomachinery,” said Dr. Dara Childs, director of the Turbo Lab, chair of the TPS advisory committees and Leland T. Jordan Chair of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. “This is where the best in the industry come to share their expertise. The countless networking opportunities alone make TPS worthwhile. It’s an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.”


Childs, who has been with the Turbo Lab since 1980, will retire following TPS 2017. He will be honored at the symposia during the Wednesday evening banquet. The banquet will be held in the Level 4 Hilton Grand Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Paid delegates and exhibitors receive entry with their badge. Individual tickets are available for purchase in Hall B on the first floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Registration remains open online and will be available on site for paid symposia and free pass delegates. For more information on TPS 2017, including the full technical program, event schedule, exhibiting company list, registration procedures and more, please visit tps.tamu.edu.


The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Turbomachinery Laboratory makes a vital impact on turbomachinery and related industries through research, education and professional workforce development. Visit turbolab.tamu.edu for more information.


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