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2018 Global Conference & Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Milwaukee, Wisconsin | September 17 - 20, 2018


Situated in the heart of Milwaukee’s exclusive East Side, The Pfister Hotel will host HTRI’s 2018 Global Conference & Annual Meeting of Stockholders. HTRI encourages each of you to ask questions and actively participate throughout the technical presentations and interactive panel sessions. Demo stations and poster sessions will be available on Monday and Tuesday. Make the most of your time by visiting with HTRI staff during breaks and happy hour events for some invaluable one-on-one discussions. A full schedule of learning, discussions, and networking opportunities awaits you. Conference materials, including summaries and slides, are accessible directly from your HTRI website account.

Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 AM.

    Global Conference and Annual Meeting of Stockholders (US$475)
    Monday, September 17, 2018
    Annual Meeting of Stockholders
    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    Technical Presentations
    10:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Research program updates
    • Software update
    Panel Session I: Cooling water fouling
    1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    Technical Presentations
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • New features and updates in Xchanger Suite 8
    • Advances in Xfh Ultra
    Posters / Demo Stations / Happy Hour
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Welcome Reception
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    Grab-and-Go Breakfast
    7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
    Panel Session II: Direction of condensation research
    8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
    Technical Presentations
    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    • Turndown limits for vertical tubeside thermosiphon reboilers
    • CFD approach for entrainment in kettle reboilers
    • Phase-change methods for plate heat exchangers
    12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
    Technical Presentations
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • Lessons learned: Accurate modeling of vacuum vertical tubeside thermosiphon reboilers (VTTRs)
    • Lessons learned: Modeling double-walled tubes in Xist
    • Limitations of air-cooler performance revealed using CFD simulations
    • Shellside vacuum condensation of hydrocarbon mixtures
    Posters / Demo Stations / Happy Hour
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Topics listed above are not necessarily the title of the final presentation.

Training Courses

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM. Courses run from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

Course fees include arrival tea/coffee, lunches and snacks at breaks, training materials (workbooks, solutions booklets, and electronic copies of the case files), and computers with Xchanger Suite.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    Technology Advances in Xchanger Suite 8 Short Course (US$650)

    Instructors: Lauren V. Moran and Siddharth Talapatra

    Be one of the first to investigate the new and enhanced features in HTRI Xchanger Suite 8. In this short course, you will also learn how HTRI’s latest method improvements will influence your cases and optimize your designs.

    Key Topics

    • Improved navigation and other changes to the Xchanger Suite interface

    • New graphing capabilities

    • Changes to methods including shellside condensation, shellside boiling, piping pressure drop, flow regime maps, enhanced surface heat transfer, and Stream Analysis

    Suggested Participants

    Current and prospective Xchanger Suite end-users

Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Heat Exchanger Troubleshooting Short Course (US$650)

    Instructor: Andy Mountford

    Design decisions can have a costly impact on heat exchanger operation. Learn by reviewing several real cases in which unit designs had critical commercial consequences for operators/owners. In some cases, the units did not work in service; in others, the designs were revamped before the units began operation.

    Each case study is introduced as a problem; participants work individually or in groups to determine the cause and develop solutions. Prior to each case, the instructor reviews related HTRI methods.

Samantha Elliott
+1.979.690.5050 office


Lauren V. Moran
Lauren v moran

Manager, Technical Support, joined HTRI after having worked for five years with two National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) contractors at the Johnson Space Center in the Houston, Texas (TX), USA: McDonald Detwiller and Associates Ltd. (MDA) and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Her responsibilities as a Systems Engineer focused on projects related to the International Space Station. She was certified as a console extravehicular robotics engineer and safety engineer in the Mission Control Center and also served as technical liaison between Boeing and the Canadian Space Agency. Moran now provides technical support and training to HTRI members and assists in contracts and troubleshooting heat exchangers. She earned a BS in Engineering from LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas.

Andy Mountford
Andy mountford

Senior Consulting Engineer, Technical Services & 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.

Siddharth Talapatra
Siddharth talapatra

Group Lead, Research, earned his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. During his graduate studies, he was a Research Assistant at the Laboratory for Experimental Fluid Dynamics, where he worked on projects involving turbulence, fluid structure interaction, and oceanography using high-speed imaging, particle image velocimetry, and holography. His dissertation research focused on elucidating coherent structures in the nearwall region for a rough channel flow, and understanding the key biophysical interactions in the coastal ocean. Talapatra also holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute for Technology, Kharagpur, India. At HTRI, his primary research responsibilities are focused on qualitative and quantitative flow visualization and laser anemometry used to examine two-phase flow.


The Pfister Hotel

424 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Hotel Information

Property Location
The Pfister Hotel is in the heart of Milwaukee, walking distance from Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Old St. Mary's Church. This 4.5-star hotel is close to Milwaukee Art Museum and BMO Harris Bradley Center.

In your spare time, visit the scenic shores of Lake Michigan just three blocks from the hotel where you can tour the beautiful Milwaukee Art Museum.

Restaurants and Lounges
The Pfister Hotel has a variety of restaurants and lounges to choose from.

Hotel Rooms
The Pfister Hotel features 307 guest rooms and hotel suites.

Attendees are responsible for their own reservations and cancellations. If changes need to be made to an existing reservation, please contact The Pfister Hotel at +1(414)273-8222.

Parking Rates
A special overnight parking rate is available for registered guests.

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Getting There

Visa Information

Visa requirements often change and vary by country. For the latest information, be sure to visit the U.S. Department of State--Bureau of Consular Affairs when planning your business trip. If you need a visa, apply early to allow sufficient time for processing. 

Invitation Letter

To help with the visa submission process, HTRI provides a formal invitations letter. Please contact Samantha Elliott for a personalized invitation letter. 

Air Travel to General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)

The General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) is roughly 10.5 miles from The Pfister Hotel.

Airport Guide

Ground Transportation from General Mitchell International Airport (MKE)

For a full list of transportation options, visit the airport website.

Air Travel to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)

Interested in flying into Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) and taking ground transportation to Milwaukee? Consider taking Amtrak (, Greyhound (, or Megabus (

Visit Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

Ground Transportation from Chicago

Amtrak runs the Hiawatha train seven times a day to/from Chicago ($25, 1.5 hours). "With just 89 minutes between Milwaukee and Chicago, you can sit back, relax and avoid the traffic. Our reliable service offers seven round-trips daily featuring comfortable, spacious seating, and free Wi-Fi to keep you connected."

Greyhound and Megabus run frequent buses to and from Chicago using the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (prices vary, about 2 hours). 

Planning Ahead

Calendar of Events

Area Guide

How should I dress?

During the conference, business casual is appropriate. HTRI recommends bringing a jacket to ensure your comfort in meeting spaces and in the event of cooler evening temperatures.

If I have an issue with room reservations, who can I contact? 

Please contact Samantha Elliott.

What will the weather be like?

Check the forecast before you go.

Does HTRI have an Event Code of Conduct?

Yes, you can review the Event Code of Conduct and all HTRI Event Policies here

Thank you to Hudson Products Corporation for sponsoring the Welcome Reception