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Due to the ongoing issues surrounding COVID-19, the Organizing Committee of the 2020 Purdue conferences has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Conferences until May 24-28, 2021. In addition, the conference will now be shifted to an ONLINE, VIRTUAL Conference.

The registration site is now open. Click here to Register.

Further information for Authors and Attendees on dates can be found on the Key Dates Page. Questions can be directed to our Conference Coordinator, Brian Barrett at 



Since 1972, the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories has hosted the premier international conferences on Compressor Engineering, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, and High Performance Buildings.  More than 800 industry experts from 30 countries come to Purdue University to present cutting-edge research, exchange ideas, do some personal networking, and tour the amazing facilities of Herrick.

The 2020 Announcement and Call for Abstracts is now available and can be downloaded here. For more information on submitting Abstracts, click here.

Why Attend?

  • Excellent opportunity for practitioners and researchers in industry, government, consulting offices, laboratories and universities to reach an audience of 800 participants from over 30 countries
  • Ideal location for presenting compressor, refrigeration/AC and high performance building systems research results and state-of-the art technology
  • Receive CEUs (continuing education units) where applicable
  • Discuss challenges and potential solutions on important issues of compressor technology, new refrigerants and refrigeration technology and efficiency, as well as energy-efficient building technologies
  • Invited keynote speakers addressing current, world-wide issues of interest facing society today
  • Panel discussions highlighting the latest breakthroughs in technology, alternative technologies in research and industry
  • Opportunity to network with attendees and officers from industry organizations
  • Registration includes three parallel conferences, reception, luncheon, and dinner

2020 Proposed Session Topics

Topics Include:
Screw Compressors
Rotary Compressors
Reciprocating Compressors
Dynamic Compressors
Novel Compressor Mechanisms and Concepts
Numerical Modeling of Compressors
Thermal Management
Valve Design and Analysis
Compressors for Alternative Refrigerants
Compressors for Air and Industrial Gases
CO2 Compressors and Expanders
Compressor Efficiency Enhancements
Tribology and Lubrication in Compressors
Noise Identification and Reduction
Variable Speed Compressor Technologies
Capacity Modulation Concepts
Compressor Testing and Evaluation

Topics Include:
Refrigerant Properties and Assessments
Lubrication Properties and Assessments
Heat and Mass Transfer Characterization,
    Modeling, and Enhancements
Heat Exchanger Modeling, Design, and Advancements
Throttles and Expanders
Domestic, Commercial, and Industrial Refrigeration
Heat Pumps
Transportation Air Conditioning Equipment
Quasi-Steady & Dynamic
     HVAC&R Equipment Modeling
Advanced Controls for HVAC&R Equipment
Automated Diagnostics for
     HVAC&R Equipment
Vapor Compression Cycle Enhancements
Alternative Cooling and
     Heating Technologies
Heat-Driven Refrigeration Technologies
Power and Co-Generation Equipment
Energy Storage Technologies
Energy Recovery Technologies

Topics Include:
Smart Buildings, Controls and Automation
Building Simulation and Energy Modeling
Building Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics
Net Zero Energy Buildings
Indoor Environment: Indoor Air Quality,
   Thermal, Acoustic, and Visual Comfort
Building Envelope and Facade Systems
Lighting and Daylighting
Occupant-Building Interactions
Innovative Building Materials
Case Studies and Integrated Building Design
Solar Energy Utilization in Buildings
Filtration and Air Cleaning
IoT Applications in Buildings
Building Data Analytics



Brian Barrett
Conference Coordinator
Ray W. Herrick Laboratories
177 S. Russell Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2099
+1 765-494-6078