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Condensers Short Course

Course Fee: US$650


Learn the fundamentals of condensation mechanisms and how they apply to condenser designs! 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 in vertical surfaces
  • Condensation in horizontal tube bundles
  • Interfacial vapor shear effects on condensation heat transfer
  • Condensation inside horizontal tubes
  • Desuperheating and subcooling
  • Condensation with mixtures
  • Condensation with enhanced heat transfer surfaces
  • Two-phase pressure drop
  • Venting inerts
  • Drainage

Suggested Participants

Engineers who design and evaluate condenser equipment


Outline

  1. Condensation and Condenser Characteristics
    • Condensation heat transfer
    • Typical tubular condensers

  2. HTRI Condensing Methods
    • Flow regimes and flow regime map
    • Bulk condensation, desuperheating, and subcooling
    • Resistance proration method (RPM)
    • Condensation with inserts
    • Two-phase pressure drop

  3. Design Considerations
    • Baffles
    • Enhancements
    • Operational issues
    • Mechanical concerns
    • Design checklist

  4. Reflux Condensers
    • Reflux characteristics
    • Design considerations

Currently Scheduled


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.


  • S. Greg Starks


  • Director of Sales, Americas, graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. While working at the Shuttle Support Thermal Control Systems Analysis Group of Rockwell International, Houston, Texas, he performed thermal analyses for the space shuttle and developed geometry models for the shuttle/space station. From 1994 – 1999, Starks was employed at HTRI, developing calculation engines for our software as well as a quality control database to track program changes. He then moved to Austin, Texas, to work as the Software Engineering Manager for Tanisys Technology, Inc., a supplier of automated test equipment for semiconductor memory technologies. When he rejoined HTRI, Starks was responsible for enhancements to the Xist calculation engine. He now leads sales efforts in the United States and Canada and assists with HTRI’s training initiatives.