Introduction to

Industrial Cooling Towers Conference 2017

by Franck David

The International IAHR Conference on Cooling Tower and Air Cooled Heat Exchangers is organized every two years. The last conference – 17th IAHR Conference on Cooling Tower – was organized by the University of Queensland (Dr Kamel Hooman & Dr Zhiqiang Guan) in September 2015, in Gold Coast Australia, following previous series of Conferences organized in Belarus, China and South Africa.

The International Conference is a great opportunity to bring together people from Industry, Utilities and Academics and Research Centers involved in Air Cooling Process activities such as Research, Development and Operation. Main topics of the Conference are related to new Projects or Commissioning, Design methods, Performance assessments, Environmental issues and Innovations.

EDF, as a major French utility operating more than 30 large wet cooling towers on its Nuclear and thermal power plants, is honoured to organize the 2017 IAHR Conference from 16th to 20th October 2017, in Lyon, France. Every interested participant is invited to submit a presentation for this event.

In addition, the MATCHiNG European Research Program dedicated to “Material Technologies for Performance Improvements of Cooling Systems” will organize its 2017 Workshop on October 19th, concurrently with the AIHR Conference. It is an opportunity to connect people from Cooling Tower Industry with the partners involved in the MATCHiNG European research program. To learn more about this event, please go to MATCHiNG 2017 Workshop page on this site.

Conference Topics


  • Wet Cooling
  • Air cooled condenser
  • Air cooled heat exchangers
  • Hybrid cooling technologies

New developments and Innovations


  • Heat and mass transfer for wet or dry cooling
  • Fills or heat transfer surface technologies and performances
  • Fan design and integration
  • Tower mechanical design and structures
  • Experimental support and validation
  • CFD

Environmental concerns

  • Noise mitigation
  • Drift limitation and dispersion
  • Chemical treatment
  • Water withdrawal and consumption


  • Recent design, retrofitting
  • Maintenance
  • Waste management
  • Performances monitoring

Vendors and Users point of view