Commissions and sub-commissions of the IIR
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. More information on the STC.
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).
Commission A1 - Cryophysics & cryoengineering
Subjects: research, development and industrial activities at the lowest temperatures
President: Dr Ales SRNKA
Commission A2 - Liquefaction & separation of gases
Subjects: liquefied gas industry, including air separation and LNG technology
President: Dr Peng Zhang
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.
Section C - Biology and food technology
Section C of the IIR is involved in the use of refrigerated technologies in the food and medical cold chains. The commission covers the cold chain from production or manufacture, to the consumption or use of these products. Section C consists of 2 commissions: C1 dealing with Cryobiology, cryomedicine and health products, and C2 dealing with Food science and engineering. Both commissions are active in the development and application of refrigeration technologies throughout the whole cold chain.
Commission C1 - Cryobiology, cryomedicine & health products
Subjects: application of refrigeration technologies in various branches of medicine
President: Noboru Motomura
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.
President: Alain Le Bail
Section D - Storage and transport
Section D Storage and Transport of the IIR is involved in the controlled-temperature logistics and distribution of temperature-sensitive products, from foodstuffs to health products,from artwork to chemicals. It addresses all issues of equipment and solutions for a durable cold chain from the production or manufacture, to the consumption or use of these products. Section D thus covers the issues of storage, transportation, land, air or water, packaging, distribution and delivery of these products to the consumer, and the traceability of the cold chain.
Commission D1 - Refrigerated storage
Subjects: storage of all products which benefits from controlled temperatures, such as food and pharmaceuticals.
President: Kuniaki Kawamura
Commission D2 - Refrigerated transport
Subjects: all subjects related to refrigerated transport technologies and testing issues.
President: Silvia Minetto
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.
Commission E1 - Air conditioning
Subjects: various aspects of air conditioning from equipment to systems.
President: Xianting Li
Commission E2 - Heat pumps & energy recovery
Subjects: promotion of the scientific and technological knowledge of heat pump and energy recovery fields.
President: Alberto Coronas
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