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Condensers Short Course

Course Fee: US$650

Learn the fundamentals of condensation mechanisms and how they apply to condenser design! Apply guidelines to develop Xchanger Suite cases for accurate assessment of performance. This course provides a foundation for understanding the basis for thermal design of typical industrial heat exchangers.

Key Topics

  • Film condensation of pure components
  • Relationship between pressure drop and saturation temperature
  • Condensing flow regimes: Vertical units/Horizontal units, tube side and shell side
  • Specifying pure component condensers in Xist
  • Noncondensables and mixture condensation
  • Specifying mixture condensers and inerts in Xist
  • Vapor phase coefficient
  • Desuperheating and subcooling
  • Bulk-equilibrium vs. two-layer subcooling model
  • Venting inerts
  • Drainage
  • Baffle design in condensers
  • Condensation with enhanced heat transfer surfaces
  • Vacuum condenser design challenges

Suggested Participants

Engineers who design and evaluate condenser equipment


  1. Pure Component Condensation
    • Filmwise condensation
    • Pressure drop vs. saturation temperature
    • Condensing flow regimes

  2. Noncondensables and Mixture Condensation 
    • Vapor-phase coefficient
    • Diffusion function

  3. Desuperheating and Subcooling 
    • Dry-wall vs. wet-wall desuperheating 
    • Bulk equilibrium vs. two-layer subcooling model

  4. Design Considerations 
    • Is it clean? Is it vented? Is it drained?
    • Baffle design
    • Enhanced surfaces
    • Vacuum condenser design challenges