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History of the Symposium on Thermophysical Properties



William M. Haynes, Jan V. Sengers, R. T. Jacobsen, Daniel G. Friend


The Symposium on Thermophysical Properties represents a series of conferences that started in 1959 at Purdue University, which at the that time was the home of the Thermophysical Properties Research Center (TPRC), founded by Professor Yeram S. Touloukian. The K-7 Standing Committee on Thermophysical Properties of the Heat Transfer Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers retains responsibility for the organization of the Symposium; the National Institute of Standards and Technology provides institutional support and sponsorship of the Symposium. The Symposium has been convened approximately every three years since 1959, with the Fourteenth Symposium held most recently in 2000 at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado. The significance of Touloukian's contributions to the Symposium was recognized by the establishment of the Yeram S. Touokian Award that is presented at the Symposium for outstanding technical contributions in the field of thermophysical properties. The Symposium is concerned with the theoretical, experimental, and applied aspects of the thermophysical properties of gases, liquids, and solids. Such topics as thermodynamic properties, transport properties, optical and thermal radiative properties, interfacial properties, and data correlation are covered in the program of the Symposium. This paper provides summaries of the fourteen symposia held from 1959 to 2000; there is a focus on the multi-discipinary nature of the converence and a discussion on the impact of the Symposium on many other fields of research and on industry. The initial purpose of the Symposium was to provide a forum for the presentation and exchange of thermophysical properties data and information. The Symposium still serves this purpose, on an international level, along with the other major thermophysical properties conferences in Europe and Asia.
Proceedings Title
Asian Thermophysical Properties, International Conference | 6th | | Pion Ltd
No. 3
Conference Dates
October 8-11, 2001
Conference Location
Assam, IN
Conference Title
High Temperatures - High Pressures


fluids, solids, symposium on thermophysical properties, thermophysical properties, Yeram S. Touloukian Award


Haynes, W. , Sengers, J. , Jacobsen, R. and Friend, D. (2001), History of the Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Asian Thermophysical Properties, International Conference | 6th | | Pion Ltd, Assam, IN (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created June 1, 2001, Updated February 17, 2017