Heat Exchangers - Design, Operation and Performance

Online /
Dec 2 - 5, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1208-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of heat transfer in heat exchangers
  • Gain knowledge on heat exchanger design and performance rating
  • Make a proper selection of the type of heat exchanger for a given application
  • Perform thermal-hydraulic design of heat exchangers
  • Apply relevant standards, codes and best industry practices
  • Discuss the operation and efficiency of condensers and reboilers
  • Analyze in-service performance issues related to fouling and corrosion,
  • Address remedies for vibration and other deteriorations

This course will present the basic principles of heat transfer and fluid flow in heat exchangers. The design and operation of shell and tube heat exchangers (STHE), air-cooled exchangers (ACHE), and plate heat exchangers (PHE) will be discussed in detail. This intensive course will provide means to improve the heat exchanger's effectiveness and extension of the life of the equipment. The course will explain how to use the standards and codes such as API, TEMA, ASME and other recommended practices.

Class workshops and discussions will cover the selection of materials and technologies for fabrication. The course will also cover various methods for efficient operation and performance improvement of heat exchangers, including fouling and corrosion mitigation techniques and control of tube bundle vibration. Presented also will be the best practices for efficient repair of heat exchangers

This course will include several class workshops that will include case studies and selected practical, real-world examples to be solved in teamwork.

Who Should Attend
The course is intended for those involved in selecting, procurement, and operation of heat exchangers in various industries, as well as for those involved in maintenance and troubleshooting:
Project engineers • Process engineers • Mechanical engineers • Plant and Maintenance engineers • Facilities engineers • Engineering technologists, Supervisors, and Managers

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day-1: Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers (STHE)

  • Principles of Heat Transfer: Efficiency and Choice of Working Fluid
  • Temperature Difference Consideration: Sizing of Heat Exchanger
  • Heat Exchanger Configurations (TEMA) and Major Design Components
  • Construction of Tube Bundle, Tube Sheet, Baffles, Shell and Nozzles
  • Material Selection and Fabrication Technologies
  • Thermal Design Considerations:
  • Effectiveness and ε-NTU method
  • Evaluation of Fluid Pressure Drop and Pumping Power
  • Control in Operation: Tube Vibration & Troubleshooting
  • Workshop: Case Studies, Examples & Solutions

Day-2: Air Cooled (ACHE) and Plate Heat Exchangers (PHE)

  • Specifics of Air Cooling as Applied to ACHE in the Process Industry
  • ACHE Configurations & Main Design Components
  • Construction and Fabrication of Tube Bundle with Finned Tubes
  • Aerodynamic Design: Selection and Sizing of Fans and Drives
  • Control in Operation for Various Ambient Conditions
  • Characteristics of PHE and Compabloc Units
  • Flow vs. Temperature Difference in PHE
  • Problems in Operation
  • Workshop: Case Studies, Examples & Solutions

Day-3: Condensers, Reboilers, Cooling Towers

  • Condensation Heat Transfer: Selection of Cooling Medium
  • Surface Condenser Configurations and Main Components
  • Design of Tube Bundle, Water Boxes, Hot Well and Vacuum System
  • Condenser Vacuum Problems and Air Evacuation Techniques
  • Boiling in Boiler Tubes and Pool Boiling
  • Reboilers: Configurations, Design and Applications
  • Cooling Towers: Effect of Fill Media
  • Effect of Wet Bulb Temperature
  • Workshop: Case Studies, Examples & Solutions

Day-4: Performance Monitoring, Validation and Maintenance

  • Performance Testing and Validation
  • Monitoring of Operating Parameters
  • Efficiency Improvement Methods
  • Typical problems in Operation
  • Fouling and Scaling Removal and Cleaning
  • Inspection of Corrosion and Erosion of Vital Elements
  • Fitness for Service Analysis (FFS, API579)
  • Maintenance, Repairs and Replacements
  • Summary and Conclusions


Mike Ivanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Ivanovic is the President of UBAMIP Consulting and a former Adjunct Associate Professor with over 30 years of experience in thermal engineering. After working in the consulting group of ANSYS Canada Ltd., he now runs the private consulting company UBAMIP Consulting, dealing with analysis and problem-solving in the operation of vital stationary and rotating equipment in the process and petrochemical industry. Mike has also been active in providing training technical courses of various levels of complexity for professionals in the industry in Canada, the USA and overseas.

His expertise, among others, includes the design, operation and maintenance of various types of storage tanks, pressure vessels, piping systems, and pumps and compressors. The focus of the consulting projects has been on risk assessment during operation and maintenance activities, as well as equipment failure analysis and accident prevention technologies based on inspection results and fitness for service studies.

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Fee & Credits

$2595 + taxes

  • 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 28 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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