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November 12, 2019

Nov 12, 2019 Meeting
November 12, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
JC's Pub and Ristorante
8650 Joliet Road
McCook, IL 60525
Refrigeration Night

$55.00 Member Registration

$65.00 Non-Member Registration

$0.00 Student Registration

The Future of Refrigerants — growing demands to control climate change are bringing new regulatory policies to restrict and lower the direct GWP (global warming potential) impact of F-gases. Designers are being asked to consider new lower direct GWP unsaturated hydrofluorocarbons (HFOs) refrigerants, some of which are slightly flammable under certain conditions, as well as to revisit natural refrigerants, like carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbons and water. Our meeting presentation will begin with a brief history of refrigerants, how much refrigerants contribute to global warming, the current regulatory situation, and how to name and explain the new ASHARE 2L flammable classification. What are the future challenges designing with the new refrigerants? What are the safety and other design considerations with the various refrigerants being proposed? Our presenters are:

Steve Kujak, is Director – Next Generation Refrigerant Research – Ingersoll Rand, in LaCrosse, WI. Steve has over 27 years working in numerous technology and product development projects involving development of new refrigerants, lubricants, compatibility of system materials and environmental sustainability initiatives. He the current vice chair of ASHRAE Standard 34 “Designation & Safety Classification of Refrigerants,” which has served as the toxicity subcommittee chair for the last 10 years as well as other ASHRAE committees.

Jim Descourouez, Vice President at RAM Mechanical Services, has been heavily involved with piping and refrigeration for over 20 years, carefully studying both things that worked well and some that didn’t happen as planned. He’ll share some of these while also discussing a large project in Bartlett, IL, where multiple processes and temperatures must be constantly maintained with small variances.

This is our first meeting at JC’s Pub and Ristorantenear the intersection of Joliet Rd. (U.S. 66) and First Ave. in McCook, IL. There is a nearby exit from IL-171 for Joliet Rd. Alternate access routes: (from north) from Ogden Ave. go south on First Ave.; (from east) from Harlem Ave. drive west on Joliet Rd.


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