Sunday Short Course 23 September 2001

Advances in Heat Exchanger Technology with Particular Emphasis on Compact Heat Exchangers

Why You Should Attend?

The main reason for attending the course is the knowledge that you will gain about advances in heat exchanger technology, and in particular compact heat exchangers. The course will also deal with the latest research in the heat exchanger technology, identifying new areas of research. You will learn about different types of commercially available compact exchangers, their advantages and limitations, as well as basic design information and design tools available for them. There will also be discussion on new areas where further input of research is required.

Introduction and Course Description

Compact heat exchangers have long been used in many "niche" areas such as cryogenics, and the food and automobile industries. Recent developments in compact exchangers and the challenges that they have posed to shell and tube exchangers have also prompted further developments in shell and tube heat exchangers. These developments have provided cost effective solutions to industrial heat transfer problems and at the same time opened new avenues for further research. The course topic is thus of interest to both practicing engineers and academic researchers. In order to address the needs of both types of participant the course addresses the following topics (Also see Course Time Table).

Who Should Attend?

Course Leader

Dr Vishwas Wadekar ( is Research Manager at HTFS, AEA Technology Hyprotech. Currently he chairs the Compact Hear Exchanger Review Panel at HTFS, and has been working with compact exchangers for more than 15 years. He has lectured internationally and presented numerous training courses related to advances in heat exchanger technology, and compact and other exchanger types.

Course Fee

The full course fee is Euro 100 for those not registered for the conference. The fee is discounted to Euro 75 for those either registered for the conference or bona fide students. Please complete and return the course registration form. .

Sunday Short Course: Thessaloniki 23 September 2001

Advances in Heat Exchanger Technology

with Particular Emphasis on Compact Heat Exchangers

Course Time Table


Welcome and Introduction

Course objectives and course contents


Overview of advances in heat exchangers

Exchanger performance indicators, classification based on channel size and area density, fouling perspective, various types of CHEs and their operating limits, conventional shell and tube exchanger and their limitations


Coffee break



Plate-frame heat exchangers

Exchanger geometry, plate types and key design aspects


Design details and areas of research for plate exchangers

Other exchanger types using cross-corrugated plates, practical aspects, use of software design tools, two-phase design considerations, recent research in plate heat exchanger area


Lunch break



Plate-fin heat exchangers

Exchanger geometry, multi-stream capability, distributors, details of fin types, use as reboilers


Design details and areas of research for plate-fin exchangers

Multi-stream exchangers, use of composite heat load curve for design, use of software design tools, recent research in plate-fin exchanger area



Tea break



Recent advances in shell and tube heat exchanger technology

New forms of shell and tube exchangers with RODbaffles, helical baffles, twisted tubes etc, use of enhancement technology


Recent advances in CHE technology

Two important CHE developments - Printed circuit exchanger and diffusion bonded plate-fin exchanger


Final discussion and End of course