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Special Topics in Xist Short Course

Course Fee: US$650

This short course moves beyond the fundamentals of thermal design to focus on specific design challenges associated with a range of service types. Presented as a series of case studies, each topic is introduced by the instructor before participants delve into Xist to work on solutions which are ultimately discussed amongst the group. The knowledge attained from this short course will allow you to tackle related design challenges in your future work.

Case studies may include:

  • Viscous shellside coolers
  • Feed-effluent exchangers
  • Kettle reboilers
  • Vacuum condensers
  • Falling film evaporators

Suggested Participants

Experienced Xist users who troubleshoot cases and evaluate shell-and-tube exchanger performance

Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)


  1. Shellside Viscous Cooler
    • Xist stream analysis
    • MTD Delta correction factor
    • Design guidelines 

  2. Feed-Effluent Heat Exchangers
    • Role and applications
    • Common characteristics
    • Design concerns

  3. Vibration Analysis in Kettle Reboilers
    • Kettle operation
    • HTRI recirculation boiling model (CBM)
    • Vapor blanketing
    • Xist tube vibration analysis for kettles

  4. Falling Film Evaporator
    • Breakdown mechanisms
    • Heat transfer methods and specification in Xist
    • New features in Xist 

Currently Scheduled

Upcoming Instructors

  • Matthew Berger

  • Senior Project Engineer, Engineering Services, graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. While a co-op student at Gibbons Creek power plant, Berger performed performance reviews of pumps, pulverizers, and feedwater heaters. Following graduation, he progressed to project engineer and engineering manager roles for FTS International, leading engineering projects on various topics such as pulsation control, equipment redesign, software implementation, and vibration analysis. Since joining HTRI, his primary focus has been on proprietary contracts and the Edgeview software, as well as involvement in Technical Support and Training.

  • Peter Joosten

  • Senior Consulting Engineer & Regional Sales Manager, Australia/Oceania, works with HTRI’s Engineering Services and Global Sales teams. His principal responsibilities include developing and conducting training programs, providing technical support, and promoting membership in the HTRI consortium. He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Fontys University of Applied Science, Venlo, The Netherlands. Prior to joining HTRI, Joosten was a Senior Heat Transfer Engineer at W. E. Smith Engineering, Coffs Harbour, Australia. His primary role was the thermal design and analysis of all types of shell-and-tube exchangers, air coolers, economizers, feedwater heaters, and steam surface condensers. He was also responsible for the mechanical design and stress analysis of these units, as well as for analyzing and resolving operational issues. His previous experience with HTRI software gives him a valuable end-user perspective.