Announcement: International Refrigeration and Compressor Course 2017

Announcement: International Refrigeration and Compressor Course 2017

Author: Orkan Kurtulus
Event Date: June 5, 2017
Priority: No
School or Program: Mechanical Engineering
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Intention and scope of the course

Based on an agreement between

  • the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, USA,
  • the Bitzer Stiftungsprofessur für Kälte-, Kryo- und Kompressorentechnik, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany,
  • and with the support of the Schaufler Foundation,

we are pleased to offer for the second time a commonly organized academic course entitled ”International Refrigeration and Compressor Course“ during the summer 2017 with the goal to further globalize the engineering curriculum.

Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany

Purdue University, USA

SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen


Topics, Dates and Locations of the two residential instruction weeks for 2017

Date Location Focus
June 5 – 9, 2017 TU Dresden, Germany
  • Basics of refrigeration and compressor technology
  • Methodology of calculating refrigeration cycles
  • Basics in fluid mechanics
  • Basics in pulsation, vibration, NVH
  • Sensors and condition monitoring
  • 1 day field-trip, e.g., Mercedes-Benz and Bitzer
August 14 – 18, 2017 Purdue University, USA
  • Fluid properties
  • Introduction and application of software tools
  • Review Psychometrics
  • Review Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Devices of a Refrigeration system
  • System Analysis and Modifications
  • 1 day field-trip, e.g., Emerson Climate Technologies and Helix Innovation Center

Design Team Project

In between the two residential instruction weeks at Dresden and Purdue, an equal number of students from each university have to work on a design project dealing with a vapor compressor system. The project will be assigned during the first instructional week at TU Dresden and the results of the project will be presented at the end of the second instructional week at Purdue University.

Academic Information

The course will be listed as ME 59700 "International Refrigeration and Compressor Technologies “ and will count for 3 credit hours (3 credit hours equals 30 1 hour and 15 minute lessons for 1 semester).

Course Expenses

All excursions and a certain number of the social events are covered. Students need to pay for :

  • Travel to and from Germany (flight + train), approx. $800 - $1200 depending on airline and travel dates
  • Accommodations in hostels in Dresden and Tuebingen (during field trip), approx. $300
  • Personal expenses, including some meals, approx. $200
  • Tuition for 3 credit hour course at Purdue, unless RA, TA, etc.

Who can apply?

The course is intended for students pursuing Graduate Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, although senior students and students from other engineering disciplines with appropriate prerequisites are also eligible to participate.. Due to limited capacity of 10 students maximum from each university, an application process is established.

How can I apply?

Applications of Purdue students are due via e-mail to by January 31st, 2017. All applicants are asked to hand in their applications as soon as possible to increase their chances for participation.

Application requirements:
  1. Resume or curriculum vitae, including a picture
  2. Own motivation for participation (short form)

What is the address of my contact person?

For students at TU Dresden:
Dr.-Ing. Christiane Thomas
Technische Universitaet Dresden
Bitzer Professur fuer Kaelte-, Kryo- und Kompressorentechnik
01062 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 463 34048

For students at Purdue University:

Orkan Kurtulus, Ph.D.
Purdue University
School of Mechanical Engineering
Ray W. Herrick Laboratories
177 S. Russell St.

West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: +1-765-494-1604