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HTRI Training - Global Headquarters

Navasota, Texas, USA | April 23 - 25, 2018

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, April 23, 2018

    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, April 24, 2018

    Heat Exchanger Design and Costing Short Course (US$650)

    Instructors: S. Greg Starks and Robert Browning

    If you design, specify, or troubleshoot heat exchangers, then this course is for you! Focused on issues that EPCs and processors face, this short course will discuss the importance of heat exchanger economics and use Exchanger Optimizer, a heat exchanger costing tool, to help you evaluate your exchanger designs from a total cost of ownership perspective. Hands-on and using industry-based case studies, you will discuss important design aspects and their impact on cost.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Thermosiphon Reboilers Short Course (US$650)

    Instructor: Siddharth Talapatra

    This short course is dedicated to the discussion of thermosiphon reboilers. While working through four checklists (vertical tubeside, vertical shellside, horizontal tubeside, and horizontal shellside) developed by HTRI’s Engineering Services team, you will learn more about HTRI guidelines, recommendations and the use of Xist to investigate design issues in thermosiphon reboilers.

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S. Greg Starks


Robert Browning
Robert browning

Principal Engineer, Software Development, brings nearly ten years of mechanical and thermal design experience to HTRI. He graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA, with a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. As a heat transfer specialist with Fluor Enterprises, Inc., Sugar Land, Texas, USA, Browning worked on projects for the chemical, petrochemical, upstream oil and gas, and downstream refining industries in the United States, Canada, the Middle East, and Australia. He is also the developer of Exchanger Optimizer, software designed to help process plants maximize resources and reduce costs by modeling and comparing different exchanger configurations rapidly. HTRI has exclusive distribution rights for Exchanger Optimizer and is working with Browning to commercialize this product. In addition, Browning will work on our existing software products and help develop other complementary programs.

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

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.


HTRI Global Headquarters

165 Research Dr.
Navasota, Texas, USA

Hotel Information

Residence Inn Bryan College Station
720 University Drive East
College Station, Texas, 77840, USA
Corporate Code: ZQF

Homewood Suites by Hilton College Station
950 University Drive East
College Station, Texas, 77840, USA
Corporate Code: 560043162

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