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IIR Sections and Commissions

 

The 10 IIR Commissions specialise in the main refrigeration domains.  They take part in the dissemination and the enhancement of scientific and technical knowledge in their domains by various means:

  • organise or sponsor international conferences
  • create and conduct working groups
  • publish books or Informatory Notes.

These activities are coordinated by the Science and Technology Council (STC).  In addition, the STC is responsible for appointing the members that make up each Commission as proposed by the Commission presidents.

 

The Commissions are divided into 5 sections:

 

Section A - Cryogenics and liquefied gases

 

Section A focuses on refrigeration science and technology at low temperatures: the cryogenic domain covers the lower part of the temperature scale, from absolute zero to 120 K, thus encompassing the normal boiling points of air gases as well as of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

 

R. Herzog
Ralf Herzog, President of Section A

 

Commision A1 - Cryophysics & cryoengineering

Subjects: research, development and industrial activities at the lowest temperatures

 

Commission A1 webpage

 

Commission A2 - Liquefaction & separation of gases

Subjects: liquefied gas industry, including air separation and LNG technology

 

Commission A2 webpage

 

Section B - Thermodynamics, equipment and systems

 

Section B focuses on the technological and scientific fundamentals of traditional refrigeration, excluding cryogenic temperatures. Section B is a key player in most of the IIR conferences. A number of Working Groups are organised within the scope of Section B.

 

R. Herzog
Professor Eckhard Groll, President of Section B

 

Commision B1 - Thermodynamics & transfer processes

Subjects: fundamentals of traditional refrigeration

 

Commission B1 webpage

 

Commission B2 - Refrigerating equipment

Subjects: all kinds of refrigeration technology

 

Commission B2 webpage

 

Section C - Biology and food technology

 

The activities of Section C deal with the application of refrigeration technologies in life and food sciences.

 

R. Herzog
Judith Evans, President of Section C

 

Commision C1 - Cryobiology, cryomedicine & health products

Subjects: application of refrigeration technologies in various branches of medicine

 

Commission C1 webpage

 

Commission C2 - Food science & engineering

Subjects: application of refrigeration technologies in the area of food science, and modelling the transfer of heat and matter during refrigeration processes.

 

Commission C2 webpage

 

Section D - Storage and transport

 

Section D is involved in the temperature-controlled logistics and distribution of temperature-sensitive products, from foodstuffs to health products, from artwork to chemicals. It thus covers the issues of storage, transportation by land, air or water, packaging, distribution and delivery to the consumer, and the traceability of the cold chain.

 

R. Herzog
Richard Lawton, President of Section D

 

Commision D1 - Refrigerated storage

Subjects: storage of all products which require spceific temperatures, such as food and pharmaceuticals.

 

Commission D1 webpage

 

Commission D2 - Refrigerated transport

Subjects: refrigerated transport technology and testing issues.

 

Commission D2 webpage

 

Section E - Air conditioning, heat pumps and energy recovery

 

Section E focuses both on air conditioning and heat pumps. Air conditioning is a subject that is now more frequently addressed due to the need for both better indoor comfort in an increasing number of countries and the effects of global warming. Also providing a cooling effect, heat pumps are expected to be the most common solution in the future for all year round operations due to their high energy efficiency.

 

R. Herzog
Renato Lazzarin, President of Section E

 

Commision E1 - Air conditioning

Subjects: various aspects of air conditioning from equipment to systems.

 

Commission E1 webpage

 

Commission E2 - Heat pumps & energy recovery

Subjects: promotion of the scientific and technological knowledge of heat pump and energy recovery fields.

 

Commission E2 webpage

 

IIR Sub-Commissions

 

Presidents of Commissions may establish temporary Sub-Commissions in order to study certain aspects within the domain of the Commission.

 

Sub-Commission D1 on Refrigerated display cabinets

 

President: Sietze van der Sluis

Sub-Commission D2 CERTE on Test Stations in refrigerated transport

 

President: Thomas Suquet

Secretary: Tobias Mynott

CERTE systematically organises a yearly technical meeting in order to harmonise practices of official ATP test stations