Every second year, typically in June prior to the EFRC Conference a 4-day student excursion is organized, with a usual group size of about 25 students. The goal of this workshop is first and foremost to introduce students from all over Europe to the reciprocating compressor industry, in order to spark their interest to start a career in this business area.
Therefore a good mix of theory and hands on experience is provided, by having lectures on fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and the basics of design of the reciprocating compressor and its components. The hands-on part includes field trips to reciprocating compressor original equipment manufacturers (OEM), to component manufacturers and last but not least the users of the equipment, customers in the oil and gas industry. Typically process gas, natural gas and chemical plant end-users are visited and the students get a chance to understand the role of the reciprocating compressor in those plants and see it in action.
The EFRC Students Excursion took place for the first time in the year 2000 in Germany, and since then the following places have been visited:
The next Student‘s Workshop will take place in 2020
2018: TNO,NL; Howden Thomassen Compressors, NL; Neuman & Esser, DE; Shell Raffinerie Rheinland Süd, DE
2016: Balingen, DE; Grafenhausen, DE; Visp, CH; Winterthur, CH: Mehrer, Rothaus Brauerei, LONZA, Burckhardt Compression
Impressions of the 9th Student‘s Workshop 2016.
2014: Vienna, AT, Dunajovice, Krumlov, CZ: Leobersdorfer Maschinenfabrik, HOERBIGER, RWE, Borealis
2012: Lille, Harfleur, FR: Atlas Copco, Howden, TOTAL, CPI
2010: Manchester, UK: Shell Stanlow, Dresser Rand, Cook
2008: Vienna, AT: Leobersdorfer Maschinenfabrik, OMV, Borealis
2006: Winterthur, Swiss, Florence, IT: Burckhardt Compression, Polimera Ferrara, Nuovo Pignone
2004: Wroclav, Cracow, PL: University of Wroclaw and Cracow, POGC
2002: Hamburg, Kraak, DE: E.ON Hanse, HGC
2000: Aachen, DE; Rheden, NL; Antwerp, BE: Neuman & Esser, Thomassen, Waertsila, BASF, TNO