AHRTI Flammable Refrigerants Research & Planning Conference
Date: October 8 9, 2018
Registration must be made online. On-site
registration will not be available. Seating is limited to 150 attendees.
Registration will be closed when the limit is reached.
event will focus on the findings of the AHRI-led flammable refrigerant research, which has
been ongoing since 2016, following AHRI’s years-long low-GWP refrigerant
research. The meeting will feature presentations on research projects,
including the most recent flammable refrigerant testing results, and will
allow time for attendees and presenters to discuss a path forward regarding
necessary updates to safety standards and codes resulting from the research, as
well as future research. The conference will cover the following subjects.
• Relevant standards and codes
• Whole room scale testing
• Refrigerant charge limit and leak
• Component testing
anticipation of a global plan to phase down high-GWP refrigerants, the industry
researched and identified potential alternatives, many of which are low
toxicity and low-GWP, but are classified as mildly flammable or flammable.
AHRI, ASHRAE, the California Air Resources Board, and the U.S. Department of
Energy initiated a $5.6 million research program to develop the technical
knowledge needed to facilitate and accelerate the safe use of flammable
refrigerants for the industry, as well as for the standards and codes communities.
October 8-9 at UL in Northbrook, Ill., to review the results of the program as well as additional results outside the program, and participate in a discussion of how
the results could change and impact relevant standards and codes.
Technical experts who are/will be working with
flammable refrigerants and individuals who are involved in products and
applications, safety standards, and codes.
work on refrigerant regulations.
fee includes attendance at all technical sessions, lunch, and breaks.
for the AHRTI Flammable Refrigerants Research & Planning Conference will
close on Sunday, September 30.
will incur a $25 administrative fee. Refunds will be provided, less the $25
fee, if AHRI receives notice of cancellation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2018.
After September 30, 2018, no refunds will be given; however, attendee substitutions will
be allowed. Contact Katie Nord at email@example.com.
here for information on local hotels
with a UL Corporate Rate, as well as directions to UL from O’Hare International
Day 1: October 8 (8AM-5PM)
7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 8:15
Opening remarks by Thomas E. Watson, Chairman of the AHRTI
Flammable Refrigerants Subcommittee
8:15 AM - 8:45
Relevant Standards Overview, Philip A. Johnson, Daikin Applied
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Applicable Codes: Process and Outlook, Pat
McLaughlin, McLaughlin & Associates
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy Program and
Flammable Refrigerants, Dave Godwin, U.S. Environmental
9:45 AM - 10:00
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
AHRTI-9007: Whole Room Scale Leaks and Ignitions Testing for
A2L and A3 Refrigerants, Part 1, George Hunter, UL LLC
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AHRTI-9007: Whole Room Scale Leaks and Ignitions Testing for A2L
and A3 Refrigerants, Part 2, George Hunter, UL LLC
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
NFPA: Evaluation of the Fire Hazard of ASHRAE Class
A3 Refrigerants in Commercial Refrigeration Applications, Scott
G. Davis, Gexcon US
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
AHRTI 9013: A2L Refrigerant Release and Ignition Study
for Refrigerated Display Cases,Scott G. Davis,Gexcon US
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Whole Room Scale Testing, Phillip A. Johnson,
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Electric Heat and Closet Ignition Testing, Richard
Lord, UTC Climate Controls and Security (Carrier), and Paul Papas, United
Technologies Research Center
3:30 PM - 4:15
AHRTI-9012/ORNL: Real-world Leak Assessments of Alternative Flammable
Refrigerants, Viral K. Patel, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Open Discussion: Whole Room Testing
Day 2: October 9 (8AM-Noon)
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM
Reduced Order Model to Estimate Safe Charge Limit of
Flammable Refrigerants, Ahmad Abu-Heiba and K. Dead Edwards, Oak
Ridge National Laboratory
8:45 AM - 9:15 AM
ASHRAE-1808 RP: Evalutation of Field-Made Mechanical
Joints for Systems with Flammable Refrigerants, Stefan Elbel,
Creative Thermal Solutions, Inc.
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
ASHRAE-1807 RP: Guidelines for Flammable Refrigerant
Handling, and Equipment Servicing and Installation, William
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Technician Training, Anthony Spagnoli, North
American Technician Excellence
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Firefighter Flammable Refrigerants Training, Michale
Gorin, National Fire Protection Association
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Outline of Japanese Flammable Refrigerant Study by Japan
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association, Osami
Kataoka, Daikin Industries, Ltd.
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Planned Future Research on Sensors, Mitigation and
Combustion Products, Xudong Wang, Air-Conditioning, Heating, and
11:15 AM - 12:00
Discussion: Future Activities