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HTRI Training - Global Headquarters

Navasota, Texas, USA | April 16 - 18, 2024

Join us for this three day training event hosted at the HTRI Global Headquarters in Navasota, Texas, USA. The training schedule includes three courses, all taught by HTRI experts:

  • Xist Workshop
  • Special Topics in Xist Short Course
  • Vibration Analysis Short Course

Take advantage of this hands-on opportunity to improve your understanding of HTRI Xchanger Suite software. Register for one course or all three. 

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 and training materials (workbooks, solutions booklets, and electronic copies of the case files). Computers with Xchanger Suite are available for use during the training event. Computers may be shared with other attendees.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

    Xist Workshop  (US$450)

    Instructors: Salem Bouhairie and Shayne Gregson

    This workshop is devoted to the shell-and-tube exchanger geometries handled only by Xist. The course 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 interface and the benefits of HTRI methods
    • Process specifications rules for rating, simulation, and design
    • Guidelines for specifying fluid properties
    • Description of Xist geometry input parameters and their defaults
    • Interpretation of Xist outputs for validation of unit performance

    Suggested Participants

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

    Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)

    Course outline

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

    Special Topics in Xist Short Course  (US$650)

    Instructors: Ashley Hinojosa and Frank Ashley

    This short course moves beyond the fundamentals of thermal design to focus on specific design challenges associated with a range of service types. Presented as a series of case studies, each topic is introduced by the instructor before participants delve into Xist to work on solutions which are ultimately discussed amongst the group. The knowledge attained from this short course will allow you to tackle related design challenges in your future work.

    Case studies may include:

    • Viscous shellside coolers
    • Feed-effluent exchangers
    • Kettle reboilers
    • Vacuum condensers
    • Falling film evaporators

    Suggested Participants

    Experienced Xist users who troubleshoot cases and evaluate shell-and-tube exchanger performance

    Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)

    Course outline

Thursday, April 18, 2024

    Vibration Analysis Short Course  (US$650)

    Instructors: Kevin Farrell and Matthew Berger

    A must for anyone who evaluates the vibration potential of shell-and-tube heat exchangers! In this course, you learn about vibration mechanisms in shell-and-tube heat exchangers and Xist methods to analyze vibration severity. Most importantly, you discover corrective measures to mitigate damage.

    Key Topics

    • Introduction to vibration phenomena
    • Flow-induced vibration (fluidelastic instability, vortex shedding, turbulent buffeting, acoustic vibration)
    • Design options to mitigate vibration
    • Field fixes
    • Xist Vibration Report
    • Example application and case studies

    Suggested Participants

    Design and plant engineers responsible for the mechanical condition of shell-and-tube heat exchangers

    Course credits: 6 hours (PDH/CEU)

    Course outline

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Frank Ashley
Frank ashley

Sales Lead, Exchanger Optimizer, graduated in 2017 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas, USA. Frank’s education and experience have given him exposure to manufacturing methods and insight into building customer relationships. These skills have served him well in his role at HTRI, in which he leads the effort to increase the awareness and adoption of HTRI’s Exchanger Optimizer software tool. Frank has worked to develop and present material to a variety of customers related to the capabilities and uses of Exchanger Optimizer, tailoring those materials to the specific needs of each customer.

Matthew Berger
Matthew berger

Senior Project Engineer, Engineering Services, graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. While a co-op student at Gibbons Creek power plant, Berger performed performance reviews of pumps, pulverizers, and feedwater heaters. Following graduation, he progressed to project engineer and engineering manager roles for FTS International, leading engineering projects on various topics such as pulsation control, equipment redesign, software implementation, and vibration analysis. Since joining HTRI, his primary focus has been on proprietary contracts and the Edgeview software, as well as involvement in Technical Support and Training.

Salem Bouhairie
Salem bouhairie

Senior Project Engineer, Research, earned his BEng, MEng, and PhD in Civil Engineering from McGill University, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. While pursuing his graduate studies, he taught Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering as an Adjunct Professor; Bouhairie also worked as a Laboratory Experimenter in open-channel hydraulics. Following his graduation, he became a Research Assistant at the university, gaining additional expertise with CFD in modeling fluid flows. He worked at Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he conducted physical hydraulic modeling investigations and river hydrology assessments. This experience gave him a broad-based knowledge of heat and mass transfer, thermal- hydraulic design, and computational methods. Bouhairie has delivered presentations on his work in Canada, the United States, England, and Brazil; his work has been published in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and the Journal of Hydro-environment Research. 

Kevin Farrell
Kevin farrell

Principal Engineer, Computational Simulation & Validation, graduated from Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA, with his BS, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. His areas of expertise include fluid dynamics, vibration, and thermal engineering. His responsibilities at HTRI focus on flow-induced vibration, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), visualization studies, and fired heaters. Prior to joining HTRI, he worked for 16 years as a researcher and deputy head of the Fluid Machinery Department of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Pennsylvania State University. A member of ASME and ASTFE, Farrell is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania and Texas, USA.

Shayne Gregson
Shayne gregson

Engineer, Technical Support, graduated in 2019 with a BS in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. During her studies, she completed an internship in the oil and gas industry, with a focus on Front End Engineering Design. After graduation she worked in the nuclear safety industry briefly before joining HTRI, helping to ensure safe design principals for a nuclear waste treatment facility. Since joining HTRI, her primary focus has been on technical support and contracts with recent endeavors to assist in the development of additional materials for HTRI’s technical program.

Ashley Hinojosa
Ashley hinojosa

Lead Project Engineer, Engineering Services, graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. During her studies, she completed two internships with oil & gas equipment company Proserv, gaining experience with product testing and technical writing. She worked in heat exchanger sales, covering the Houston, Waco, and Dallas/Fort Worth areas, for almost two years before joining HTRI. As a member of the Engineering Services group, she focuses on technical support and contracts but also assists with development of other materials for HTRI's technical program.


HTRI Conference Center

165 Research Dr.
Navasota, Texas

Hotel Information

Residence Inn Bryan College Station
720 University Drive East
College Station, Texas, 77840, USA
Booking Link: HTRI Training Block Residence Inn Bryan College Station


Getting Around

Ground Shuttle
Roundtrip options for IAH to CLL