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Reboilers Short Course

Course Fee: US$650


Learn the fundamentals of boiling mechanisms and how they apply to reboiler designs. This course provides an overview of selected reboiler configurations with an emphasis on recirculating thermosiphon reboilers and kettles. We will develop accurate thermosiphon and kettle models using Xist, identify design guidelines based on current research, and discuss reboiler piping specifications in Xist

Key Topics

  • Pool boiling mechanisms including nucleate boiling and film boiling
  • Intube flow boiling mechanisms for horizontal and vertical configurations
  • Boiling mixtures
  • Two-phase pressure drop

Suggested Participants

Engineers who design and evaluate reboilers


Outline

  1. Reboiler Selection
    • Types of reboilers
    • Operating characteristics
    • Heat transfer methods

  2. Thermosiphon Models
    • Xist thermosiphon methods
    • Specification of fluid properties and heat release
    • Rules of thumb

  3. Modeling Piping
    • Simplified versus detailed models
    • HTRI guidelines

  4. Kettle Reboilers
    • Xist kettle methods
    • Evaluating results

Currently Scheduled


Upcoming Instructors

  • LiDong Huang


  • Principal Engineer, Experimental Research, holds a BS from Shanghai Maritime University and an MS from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA, where he studied and developed methods for predicting subcooled flow boiling, film boiling, and critical heat flux. Before joining HTRI, Huang worked as an instructor and thermal engineer in the Department of Marine Engineering at Shanghai Maritime University. Since joining HTRI, he has focused primarily on boiling and two-phase flow phenomena but also has done some experimental and analytical work on plate heat exchangers, organic fouling, and single-phase mixed convection. Huang has taught numerous courses for HTRI. He is a member of ASME and a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas.


  • 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.