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Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchanger Technology

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers are some of the most widely used industrial heat exchangers. This course describes the characteristics of shell-and-tube heat exchangers compared to other exchanger types and the role of shell-and-tube exchangers within process industries. We also explore the advantages and disadvantages of shell-and-tube heat exchangers to assist with exchanger selection and compare several approaches to modeling the thermal and hydraulic performance of shell-and-tube heat exchangers. Additionally, this course offers an overview of the terminology and standards associated with shell-and-tube exchanger design and construction. 

Suggested Participants

This is an introductory course for engineers – novice to expert – interested in shell-and-tube heat exchanger construction and performance.


  1. Introduction
    • Tubular Alternatives to Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers
    • Plate-type Alternatives to Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers
  2. Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchanger Construction
    • Tube Bundles and Heat Exchanger Tubes
    • Tubesheets
    • Tube to Tubesheet Joints
    • Baffles and Support Plates
    • Impingement Protection and Shells
    • Front Heads
    • Rear Heads
  3. Shell-and-Tube Exchanger Codes, Standards, and Specifications
    • TEMA Standard
    • API 660 Standard
  4. Modeling Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchanger Performance
    • Predicting Heat Transfer Coefficients
    • Overall Solutions


Course duration: Approximately 5 hours

Access: You can access the course for up to 30 days, starting on the date of registration. The course is self-paced. If you need to exit the course before completion, you will be able to save your progress and return to the course anytime within the 30-day access period.

Course credits: 5 hours (PDH/CEU)

Recommended browser: Google Chrome

Course fee: US$600 (member) or US$850 (non-member)