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Heat Exchanger Troubleshooting Short Course

Course Fee: US$650

Design decisions can have a costly impact on heat exchanger operation. Learn by reviewing several real cases in which unit designs had critical commercial consequences for operators/ owners. In some cases, the units did not work in service; in others, the designs were revamped before the units began operation.

Each case study is introduced as a problem; participants work individually or in groups to determine the cause and develop solutions. Prior to each case, the instructor reviews related HTRI methods.

Key Topics may include:

  • Steam generator with tube failure
  • Intercooler with vibration concern
  • Condenser-subcooler with design flaws
  • Recuperator with performance shortfall
  • Economizer with convergence issues
  • Brine chiller with insufficient duty
  • Flooded condenser with inadequate subcooling
  • Air-cooled condenser with noncondensables
  • Once-through reboiler with instability
  • Vapor-liquid separation
  • Fouling with tube failure
  • Gas cooler with inadequate performance

Suggested Participants

Engineers—from novice to expert—who want to ensure that design problems are identified before operation


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Upcoming Instructors

  • Andy Mountford


  • Senior Consulting Engineer, Technical Services and Sales, provides technical support and training for HTRI. He earned a BSc and MSc in Chemistry and a PhD in Organometallic and Materials Chemistry from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. During his tenure there, he conducted research at Wolfson Laboratory for Materials and Catalysis. He previously held the position of Thermal Design Supervisor at Tecnicas Reunidas in Madrid, Spain, gaining valuable experience using HTRI methods and software. Mountford oversaw the development of several high-profile PWR and BWR nuclear plant projects, as well as gained valuable experience in the thermohydraulic design of heat transfer equipment for the petrochemical and nitric acid/nitrates industries. His experience in using HTRI Xchanger Suite makes him uniquely qualified to bring an end-user’s perspective to the HTRI training program and to share techniques for effectively working with the software.