The IFRF- Past, Present, and Future

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Title The IFRF- Past, Present, and Future
Creator Sharman, P.
Date 2017-12-11
Description Paper from the AFRC 2017 conference titled The IFRF- Past, Present, and Future
Abstract The IFRF was founded as a result of international cooperation in the late 1940s around a semi-industrial scale experimental furnace being constructed by Royal Dutch Iron and Steel at IJmuiden in the Netherlands. The IFRF Research Station was constructed in the mid-1950s on the property of KNHS-Hoogovens-Corus, where it remained, with the No. 1 Furnace at its heart, until a new agreement with ENEL and the University of Pisa relocated the organization to Italy in 2006.; From the time of its founding as a laboratory, in which combustion and heat transfer concepts were developed and tested for ultimate application in industry, the IFRF continued to cooperate with academic and industrial research laboratories to further develop the understanding of turbulent flame phenomena. Over time, the IFRF grew in capacity and complexity to meet the needs of its members, undertaking communication and networking functions as well as research.; Fifty years on, with a knowledge-base stored in digital format, the IFRF moved to Livorno in Italy. By this time the suite of services had expanded to include a weekly newsletter, a technical journal and an information archive of reports, books and conference proceedings as well as an online combustion handbook, and a portfolio of short courses. All of these materials are focused around the needs of over 90 industrial and 40 academic organizational members connected virtually to each other and the organization via a dedicated website.; With realignment of ENEL's energy activities, 2017 sees the IFRF - now approaching the age of 70 - moving for a second time, this time to Sheffield in the UK. From January, the IFRF has been hosted by the University of Sheffield, with research activity undertaken in partnership with the PACT facilities in Beighton (near Sheffield), where a wide range of pilot-scale advanced combustion facilities enable the IFRF to continue its mission and broaden its membership and area of technical application.; The paper presents a review of the past and present activities of this prestigious organization, before giving a perspective of future plans and priorities.
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Metadata Cataloger Catrina Wilson
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Date Created 2018-12-10
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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