ACE is an association of professional consulting engineers specialising in the design, development and operation of fluid flow machines and related equipment.

Our consultants offer a very broad range of services relevant to such machinery. Each consultant has over 30 years experience of the design, manufacture, development, testing and operation of compressors, pumps, and gearboxes. Their experience also includes drive systems, bearing and sealing systems. ACE members have given many in-house training courses and workshops, internationally recognised manufacturers and plant operators are clients. Below is a listing of some of the cost-effective services provided: -

  • Expert witness service in appropriate areas of expertise.
  • Acquisition advice and business development within related fields.
  • Mechanical design of pumps, compressors, valves, gearboxes, transmissions and related systems.
  • Hydraulic design and performance prediction.
  • Flow system design and analysis including transient flows.
  • Operation and control investigations for optimum energy efficiency.
  • High speed rotating machinery design.
  • Vibration measurement and analysis of behaviour.
  • Analysis of mechanical and flow induced stresses, vibrations and fatigue.
  • Design reviews/audits.
  • Energy and maintenance audits.
  • Troubleshooting of machinery performance problems.
  • Material failure investigations.
  • Machinery reliability/ failure analysis.
  • Design, manufacture and development of lubricating systems.
  • Prototype manufacture including rapid prototyping.
  • Component instrumentation and testing.
  • In house training courses on the above areas of expertise.
    i.e. Hydraulic design.
    Hydraulic performance prediction.
    Mechanical design.
    Gear design.
    Sealing technology.
    Pump operation and maintenance strategies.
    Machine vibration analysis.


ACE Cranfield Ltd is the UK distributor for Robertson Technology's pump efficiency and flow measuring system.


Principal Consultant: Ivor Rhodes MSc. MBA

1 Crane Way, Cranfield, Bedford, MK43 0HW
01234 751163 - 07719 552241