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Xphe Workshop

Course Fee: US$450

If you work with plate-and-frame geometries, Xphe® is the software for you. In this workshop you will discover how to use HTRI’s graphical tool for rating plate-and-frame heat exchanger designs and for conducting comparative studies of plate-and-frame versus shell-and-tube design solutions for specific applications. You will learn how Xphe handles single-phase and two-phase heat transfer and pressure drop for common corrugated plate patterns in a variety of configurations, from single-pass, single-plate arrangements to multipass, mixed plate designs. You will also leave with a better understanding of the analytical methods used in Xphe. Note that crossflow plate-and-block type arrangements are not accommodated in Xphe and are therefore not covered in this workshop.

Key Topics

  • Overview of Xphe capabilities and applications (single-/multiple-plate types and passes, non-Newtonian fluid specification, port maldistribution, and more...)
  • Process specifications for rating, simulation, and design
  • Guidelines for specifying fluid properties
  • Geometry input
  • Introduction to HTRI analysis methods

Suggested Participants

Process and thermal design engineers that evaluate plate-and-frame heat exchanger performance

Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)


  1. Introduction to Plate-and-Frame Technology
    • Characteristics and applications
    • Pros and cons vs. shell-and-tube heat exchangers
    • Geometry configurations

  2. Process Specifications 
    • Common uses
    • Interface overview 
    • Case modes and process specification

  3. Fluid Properties
    • Specification options 
    • Non-Newtonian fluids 

  4. Geometry Input
    •  Key geometry input features in Xphe

  5. Methods
    • Single-phase
    • Boiling
    • Condensing