Published Research presented to IOR Members (Kenneth Lightfoot Medal)
The Institute provides a prize of £500 and a Medal to for the best paper presented in our programme of free evening lectures which are published in the Annual IOR Proceedings. The award is supported by Lightfoot Defence in honor of the Past President of the Institute, Kenneth Lightfoot. For information and a list of past winners click here.
This year's winners as voted by members, were John Clark and Angus Gillies for their paper which you can read here: "Comparison of evaporative and air cooled condensers in industrial applications"
The paper examins the range of condenser options and how they are used. It focuses on the economic and efficiency justification for selecting different types of condensers based on a comparison of the total cost of ownership. It also includes an evaluation of plant size and type (air cooled or evaporative), design considerations such as relative first cost, energy cost, water supply, treatment and disposal costs, maintenance requirements and heat exchanger life expectancy. Weather data and part load operation characteristics are taken into account and the impact of the condenser selection on refrigeration plant costs, both direct and indirect is outined.