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Basics of Industrial Heat Transfer

Christopher Haslego, B.S. ChE

Course Outline

Heat transfer is a fundamental component of any chemical engineering education. However, if it's been awhile since you've dealt with heat transfer, a quick refresher on the basics can be extremely helpful. This course is also helpful to anyone with little or no heat transfer education. You'll learn the basics of industrial heat transfer and the equipment involved.

This 2-hour online course covers the basics of heat transfer theory, and gives an overview of some of the most common industrial heat transfer equipment and how each type of equipment works.

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for chemical and mechanical engineers.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will be able better comprehend the principles behind industrial heat transfer and will learn about the different technologies and when to apply each. Attendees will also be better prepared to analyze their next heat transfer duty and select an appropriate heat transfer technology.

Course Introduction

Heat transfer is one of the most important industrial processes. Throughout any industrial facility, heat must be added, removed, or moved from one process stream to another. Understanding the basics of the heart of this operation is key to any engineers' mastery of the subject. There are three basic types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. The two most common forms encountered in the chemical processing industry are conduction and convection. This course focuses on these key types of heat transfer.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file (114 KB) Basics of Industrial Heat Transfer. You need to open or download this document to study this course.

Bonus Materials

For the paid user only, two Excel spreadsheets "Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Specification Sheets" are available at the beginning of the quiz. The spreadsheet will help you properly specify a heat exchanger for issue to manufacturers. Simply fill in the appropriate blanks.

Course Summary

Understanding the basics of industrial heat transfer will help you better understand opportunities for cost savings in your plant. With energy prices showing no sign of declining, a good basis in heat transfer will help you calculate just how much you can save by installing a new heat exchanger in your plant. With the use a T-Q diagram and a basic understanding of the equipment available to you, making the right choice in heat transfer equipment can yield results for years to come.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Tubular Exchanger Manufacturer's Association (TEMA)
Wolverine Engineering


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.