Contributor: Turbomachinery Lab
Representatives from 33 industrial firms will visit or call in to Aggieland next week during the Turbomachinery Research Consortium (TRC) annual meeting. They will select the next round of student-led research projects, the results of which will not only impact these companies, but the turbomachinery industry at-large.
The 39th annual TRC meeting will kick off at Phillips Event Center at Briarcrest, 1929 Country Club Drive in Bryan at 9 a.m. on May 14 and continue through May 16. TRC representatives will hear 31 proposals for research projects lead by student and faculty researchers in the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University. Representatives evaluate each proposal, electing to fund 15-20 of the top-ranking projects. Turbo Lab faculty and students whose projects are selected will begin their research in September.
The TRC is a members-only group of companies who have united with the Turbo Lab, a center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, to find answers to important questions about turbomachinery performance and reliability through research. TRC member companies provide annual payments of $25,000 to support a broad range of member-selected projects. TRC member companies have exclusive access to a continuing series of reports and computer programs on all TRC research activities dating back to the foundation of TRC in 1981. Member companies also have exclusive access to software, including XLTRC2, a suite of high-speed, experimentally verified and user-friendly codes for executing rotordynamic analysis of rotating machinery, including pumps, compressors and turbines.
• ARL (Army Research Laboratory)
• Atlas Copco Comptec
• BHEL Hyderabad
• Danfoss Turbocor
• Dresser-Rand Business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division
• Elliott Company
• ETU i+D Mexico
• ExxonMobil Research and Engineering
• Garrett Advancing Motion
• GE Oil & Gas-Nuovo Pignone S.p.A.
• Hanwha Techwin
• Indar MH
• Ingersoll Rand – Engineered Centrifugal Compression
• Kawasaki Heavy Industries
• Kobe Steel Ltd.
• Koch Industries
• MAN Energy Solutions Schweiz AG
• Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
• Pratt & Whitney
• Safran Aircraft Engines
• Schlumberger Oilfield Pte. Ltd.
• Shell Global Solutions
• Shenyang Blower Works Group
• Solar Turbines Inc.
• Southwest Research Institute
• Torishima Pumps
• Waukesha Bearings