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Design and Selection of Heat Exchangers (Virtual Classroom)

Select and size heat exchangers for a given duty with various methods of analysis, advantages & disadvantages, and design considerations.

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This course commences at 9:30 AM and ends at 6:00 PM Eastern each day, with scheduled breaks throughout.


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This course covers the design, selection, and sizing of heat exchangers. It begins with a brief review of heat transfer fundamentals. It continues with a look at four main types of heat exchangers that are used in the industry: the Double Pipe Heat Exchanger, the Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger, the Plate and Frame Heat Exchanger, and the Cross Flow Heat Exchanger.

The discussion of each of these exchangers includes a description of their construction and design, as well as methods of analysis developed to predict their performance. Spreadsheets are given that can be used as an aid in making these performance predictions. The course also includes real-world examples and in-class problems. An appendix of relevant physical properties of fluids is also provided as part of the course.

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Explain the heat transfer fundamentals needed to analyze heat exchangers
  • Analyze the four types of existing heat exchangers
  • Determine how to select and size exchangers for a given duty
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of each of the four types of exchangers

Course Requirements
Participants are required to bring a scientific calculator with them to the course. Excel® spreadsheets will be provided.  

Course Materials (included in the purchase of the course)
Downloadable spreadsheets and a PDF version of the course presentation.

Who should attend?
This course is intended for engineers who specify, use or analyze heat exchangers on a regular basis, or for those in the process industries that need a broader background in sizing heat exchangers. The participant should be an engineer or engineering technologist who is familiar with, or wants to become more familiar with heat exchangers and the methods of analyzing them.

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.  A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.


Topics Covered

  • Conduction of heat through a plane wall
  • Conduction of heat through a cylindrical wall
  • Convection heat transfer-general problem
  • Convection heat transfer-problem: formulation and solution
  • Optimum thickness of pipe insulation
  • Double pipe heat exchangers
    • Analysis of double pipe heat exchangers
    • Temperature profiles
    • Effectiveness-NTU analysis
    • Design Considerations
  • Shell and tube heat exchangers
    • Analysis of shell and tube heat exchangers
    • Effectiveness-NTU analysis
    • Increased Heat recovery in shell and tube heat exchangers
    • Design considerations
    • Optimum outlet water temperature analysis
  • Plate and frame heat exchangers
    • Analysis of plate and frame heat exchangers
    • Effectiveness-NTU method
  • Cross flow heat exchangers
    • Analysis of cross flow heat exchangers
  • Exercises involving the use of provided spreadsheets

William S. Janna, Ph.D.


Dr. William S. Janna is a retired Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis. He earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toledo.

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