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HTRI Training - Global Headquarters

Navasota, TX, USA | August 07 - 10, 2017

HTRI invites you to this four day training event hosted at the HTRI Global Headquarters in Navasota, Texas, USA. A short drive away from Houston, Texas, join us for 

  • Xist Workshop
  • Kettle Reboilers Short Course
  • Heat Exchanger Fouling Short Course
  • Two-phase Flow Short Course

Take advantage of this hands-on opportunity to improve your understanding of HTRI software. 

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.

Monday, August 07, 2017

    Xist Workshop (US$450)

    Instructor: S. Greg Starks

    Even if your work is limited to shell-and-tube heat exchangers, there’s much to be learned! This workshop is devoted to the geometries handled only by Xist. The day focuses on the extensive options available in Xist and how you can use these methods effectively to solve several example problems. You will leave the class knowing how to take full advantage of the features this robust tool offers.

    Key Topics

    • Overview of Xist capabilities and applications
    • Geometry input for shell-and-tube heat exchangers
    • Process specifications for rating, simulation, and design
    • Guidelines for specifying fluid properties
    • Introduction to vibration analysis

    Suggested Participants

    Designers of shell-and-tube heat exchangers and process engineers who evaluate their performance

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

    Kettle Reboilers Short Course (US$650)

    Instructor: LiDong Huang

    Thermal design methods for kettle reboilers have evolved over the years and old rules-of-thumb no longer apply. New research results, software advances, and feedback from industry all contribute to improved design practices. The course presents the most up-to-date research in kettle reboilers, provides our current recommendation to use Xist to model kettles accurately, and discusses future research and software development to improve predictions. Many example problems illustrate recommended good practices for using Xist, interpreting warning messages, improving designs, and troubleshooting cases.

    Key Topics

    • Shellside boiling methods
    • Recirculation
    • Liquid level and bundle dryout
    • Differences between bundle composition and feed composition
    • Kettle sizing
    • Entrainment
    • Vibration
    • Fouling

    Suggested Participants

    Thermal design engineers and heat exchanger experts

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

    Heat Exchanger Fouling Short Course (US$650)

    Instructor: Tom Lestina

    Industry experience indicates that using traditional methods in heat exchanger design for fouling service may result in excessive heat transfer area in some applications and promote fouling in others.

    This course reviews issues with fouling and several methods used in designing heat exchangers for fouling service.

    Key Topics

    • Mechanisms, mitigation, and diagnosis of crude oil fouling
    • Uncertainty and design margins, including a review of open literature methods
    • Overview of cooling water fouling, with discussion of the HTRI predictive model for cooling water fouling
    • Risk-based design method
    • No-foul design method

    Suggested Participants

    Engineers who specify, rate, and/or analyze heat exchangers in fouling service

Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Two-phase Flow Short Course (US$650)

    Instructor: Siddharth Talapatra

    Using an application-oriented approach, we explain the fundamentals of two-phase flow and work through some key models useful for engineering analyses. Wherever possible, videos will illustrate two-phase phenomena. Sample problems reinforce the implications of two-phase modeling assumptions. At the end of the course, you will have a set of tools and recommendations to help you with your day-to-day engineering challenges. The integration of HTRI research experiences and findings make this course unique and relevant to the process industry.

    Key Topics

    • Tubeside and shellside flow regimes, and their dependence on geometry (e.g., pipe size, inclination, baffle spacing)
    • Static, frictional, and momentum pressure drop: basics and important correlations
    • The impact of service type (boiling, condensation, adiabatic) on two-phase distribution and pressure drop

    Suggested Participants

    Engineers who work in two-phase heat exchanger or process piping applications

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LiDong Huang
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.

Tom Lestina
Tom lestina

Vice President, Engineering Services, has more than 25 years of engineering project management experience. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, New York, USA, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He is a member of ASME and serves on the technical committee for the ASME Performance Test Code 12.5, Single Phase Heat Exchangers. Prior to joining HTRI, he worked as a Lead Engineer for MPR Associates, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, USA. His primary areas of responsibility include contract services, technical support, and training. He serves as principal subject matter expert on technical content for course and instructor materials, assists in developing and customizing training, and routinely teaches courses. Lestina is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas.

S. Greg Starks
S greg starks

Regional Sales Manager, USA/Canada, 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.

Siddharth Talapatra
Siddharth talapatra

Senior Project Engineer, 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.


HTRI Conference Center

165 Research Drive
Navasota, TX USA 77868

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720 University Drive East
College Station, Texas, 77840, USA
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1308 East Washington Avenue
Navasota, Texas, 77868, USA
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