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36th Turbomachinery Symposium Opens in Houston, an Industrial Info News Alert

Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Texas A&M University's Turbomachinery Laboratory is hosting its 36th Annual Turbomachinery Symposium at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, on September 10-13, 2007. The lab sponsors two annual symposia -- one in the spring and the other in the fall -- that are designed to advance professional development in the rotating equipment industry, while providing a ground for networking and collaboration, through Short Courses and an industry exhibition.

Attendees who have registered for a one-day-only Short Course will be able to work with presenters to gain hands-on experience in one of six areas: Introduction to Gas Turbines, Aero Performance, and Annular Gas Seals and Rotordynamics, among others. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will take gas-turbine presentations a step further by presenting the Gas Turbine Track, which includes four lectures and five discussion groups. Symposium attendees can earn continuing-education units by completing a request form. The symposium also features lectures, tutorials, discussion groups and case studies. Technical sessions will not overlap with exhibits.

"Through the education content of its short courses, tutorials, discussion groups, and case studies, the Turbomachinery Symposia effectively educate new rotating-machinery professionals on problems to avoid," Turbo Lab Director Dr. Dara Childs wrote in a Turbomachinery International article.

Throughout the symposium, more than 200 companies, including Dresser-Rand Company (NYSE:DRC) (Houston, Texas), ALSTOM Power Incorporated (PINKSHEETS:AOMFF) (Paris, France), General Electric (NYSE:GE) (Fairfield, Connecticut) and Wood Group Gas Turbine Service (LSE:WG) (Aberdeen, Scotland), will occupy booths and take turns showcasing their products on the Turbo Stage, beginning with "Motion Induced Magnetism and the Permanent Magnet Coupling" by GHX Incorporated (Houston, Texas). Others include pump optimization, oil flushing, the FaroArm and many more. Attendees can seek help from exhibitors, as well as see major pieces of equipment, according to Turbo Lab. Exhibits are free and open to the public from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Industrial Info will man Booth No. 947 and provide demonstrations of new products, including:

-- North American Natural Gas Database, featuring compressor drive details that identify more than 10,000 units. The database's coverage includes phone-verified major capital and maintenance projects that exceed $1 million in spending.

-- GenStack, which tracks how often turbines have been utilized, reveals total start-up times by unit, and hourly, daily and monthly snapshots.

-- Event Tracking on PECWeb's Power Tracker, a database that comprises, among other things, planned and unplanned outages at the power-generation-unit level at 3,400 North American power stations.

-- Asset Tracking on PECWeb's Power Tracker, which catalogs operating plants in North America, including Turbine and Engine Generators: 1,500 aero-derivate and 3,200 heavy-frame combustion turbines, 3,900 steam turbines, 200 windfarms, and 1,200 internal combustion engines.

Come by and see us at Booth No. 947!

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