Houston, Texas, October 24, 2011 - Dresser-Rand, a supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical, and process industries, has finalized a collaborative research agreement (CRA) with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM). The company recently participated in the 2nd Annual KFUPM Research Day to highlight activity taking place under the research agreement.
With lectures, technical presentations and an exhibition, KFUPM (the University) organized the event, held on the KFUPM campus, to enable faculty, researchers, graduate students and guests to learn about research activities at the University and build an environment of innovation.
"The CRA also includes a plan for Dresser-Rand to occupy an office at the Dhahran Techno Valley business center on the KFUPM campus to foster continued collaboration with University staff and students," said Dr. David A. Nye, Director, Research and Development, Dresser-Rand. "This will allow Dresser-Rand to provide a local R&D presence for Saudi Aramco and other Saudi-based oil and gas companies, and it's already proven helpful in our noise reduction research."
As a sponsor, Dresser-Rand supported the KFUPM Research Day with a booth and exhibited the
Dresser-Rand Array demonstration rig. An interactive demonstration of the Array noise reduction technology was performed, and KFUPM students from the Mechanical Engineering Department presented findings of a Dresser-Rand-funded research project focused on improving the Array technology.
The research team from KFUPM included Dr. Samir Mekid and three students. Two undergraduate students worked on how to reduce the manufacturing cost of Array technology. They collaborated with another team of students from Lehigh University on the same topic. A graduate student studied resonator arrays in general to further improve the acoustic performance of Dresser-Rand arrays.
Elements of the joint research project included a presentation covering acoustics fundamentals, acoustic measurement techniques and an Array demonstration. A field noise survey at Saudi Aramco sites was also conducted by Dresser-Rand and KFUPM.
In addition to the CRA, Dresser-Rand and Saudi Aramco are evaluating opportunities to apply noise reduction technology to compressor installations at production facilities within the Kingdom. Office space has been established in Dhahran Techno Valley to provide a convenient location for Dresser-Rand personnel to meet and collaborate with local students in support of these and other local projects.
Dresser-Rand is among the largest suppliers of rotating equipment solutions to the worldwide oil, gas, petrochemical, and process industries. The Company operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Norway, India, and China, and maintains a network of 45 service and support centers (including 6 engineering and R&D centers) covering more than 140 countries. Dresser-Rand has principal offices in Paris, France, and Houston, Texas.
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