HOUSTON, Texas — The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University is inviting contributions to the technical program for its 2020 Turbomachinery & Pump Symposia (TPS).

TPS is a vital industry forum for the exchange of ideas between rotating equipment engineers and technicians worldwide. Now surpassing 48 years, TPS is known for its impact on petrochemical, oil refining, oil and gas production, utility, power, aerospace, chemical and related industries.

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Professionals and academics are encouraged to submit one- to three-page abstracts for lectures, tutorials, case studies and short courses to be presented at TPS 2020, held at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, Sept. 15-17, with short courses on Sept. 14.

Peter Gaydon, director of technical affairs for the Hydraulic Institute who was recently elected to the Pump Advisory Committee, has presented lectures, tutorials or short courses at the last three symposia. He said the combination of both end-users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) provides balanced feedback on industry standards development and education.

“Take the leap. If you’re not putting yourself out there, you’re not improving,” Gaydon said. “I see contributing to the TPS program as a way to put down on paper what we’ve done and why we’ve done it in an effort to improve for the future.”

Papers must be aimed at engaging the end-user and be free of commercialism. Submissions should be field-tested and share practical—not theoretical—information, and undergo a review process conducted by the Turbomachinery and Pump Advisory Committees. Accepted papers will be published in the TPS proceedings. For more information on submitting an abstract, including areas of interest and the review process, visit https://tps.tamu.edu/program/submissions/.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, Oct. 25. The due date comes on the heels of TPS 2019, held in Houston Sept. 10-12 with short courses on Sept. 9. The symposia attracted 4,875 unique delegates representing 51 countries to the exhibition or technical sessions, an increase from the 2018 symposia. Fifty-six new companies exhibited, for a total of 355 exhibiting companies. Already, 80 percent of the exhibit floor for TPS 2020 has been reserved.