Pakistan inaugurates Natural Fluids Refrigeration Center

By Alexandra Maratou, Apr 18, 2012, 00:00 2 minute reading

Yesterday, 17 April 2012, saw the official inauguration of the Natural Fluids Refrigeration Center (NFRC), established in Topi, Pakistan by GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology in collaboration with Isotherm, Inc. USA. The center serves as an R&D hub for natural refrigerants and offers hands-on training to students and professionals.

Senator Engineer Farhatullah Khan Babar, chief advisor to the President of Pakistan performed the ribbon cutting ceremony that was well attended by the national press, who were on hand to witness the occasion.

In a brief interview to Pakistan Television Dr. Zahid Ayub, Founder and Director of the Center explained that it was already operational for the last three years concentrating on world-class research and analytical services to industry, academia, private and government organizations.

The NFRC serves as a research and development hub covering all aspects of refrigeration technology, i.e., compressors, heat exchangers, controls, piping, novel materials and metallurgy. For example, the center has been actively conducting research on thermal-hydraulic characteristics of high efficiency heat exchangers using natural refrigerants. Manned with highly qualified researchers and well-trained technical staff and state-of-the-art equipment, the center is ready to coordinate with different International Institutes and technical societies that have common goals.

About the test facility

Established to provide an experimental facility for industry to perform detailed analysis, the modular design of the test facility at NFRC provides operational flexibility and control of experimental parameters. The facility has been designed so that condensation and evaporation heat transfer experiments can be carried with minor changes in the set up. As a result, several types of experiments can be easily conducted for different refrigerants on different types of heat exchangers in single and two phase applications.


NFRC provides researchers, graduate students and engineers from industry with education and training on natural refrigerants. Trainees can use high quality experimental facilities to get hands-on training and become acquainted with natural refrigerant based technology. Moreover, the NFRC offers short technical courses for professional engineers working in today’s multi faceted industry. 

About Isotherm

Isotherm, Inc. is a company specialising in the design and fabrication of heat transfer equipment for industrial refrigeration, petro-chemical and industrial process applications. The company's forte is enhanced heat transfer for natural refrigerants such as ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons. This unique advantage has resulted in Isotherm products being compact with ultra low charge. The products include pressure vessels, shell and tube evaporators and condensers especially geared towards high pressure heat pump systems. The company also manufactures semi-welded plate and frame heat exchangers.

Contact information

If you would like to contact Isotherm for any enquiries, you may send a request to Zahid Ayub directly.


By Alexandra Maratou

Apr 18, 2012, 00:00

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