Process Int - Training

Heat Integration (including Pinch Analysis)

Key Benefits

  • Setting energy targets for maximum energy recovery
  • Targeting the optimum utility mix to service individual processes
  • Manual design to achieve maximum energy recovery
  • Understanding automated methods of network design
  • Retrofit of heat recovery systems
  • Understanding where and how to make process changes to increase energy efficiency
  • Understanding the principles of data extraction
  • Organisation of projects


This training provides an introduction to the design of heat exchanger networks. It incorporates the techniques that came to be known as Pinch Analysis. The methods introduced in the course are now well established for the design of energy systems.

Principles are introduced that provide the capability to predict achievable targets for minimum energy consumption by maximising heat recovery. These are based on sound scientific principles. Such targets can be used to scope and screen many design options quickly and effectively without having to carry out the designs.

Once design options have been chosen using targets, then systematic procedures allow the targets to be achieved in practice. Methods can have a manual basis with the aid of some scientific principles. Alternatively, the design process can be automated.

This course provides an introduction to the principles of heat integration. The methods have been proven in many industrial applications, both new design and retrofit.

Who Should Be Trained?

The training is intended for people with a chemical or mechanical engineering background working in the process industries, or in engineering and consultancy companies servicing those industries. Process engineers, utility engineers and managers, and energy managers should attend this course.

Dates & Course Fees

The next available public training will take place on 12-13th September 2017.

We have some offers for bespoke/ group bookings. Contact us to find out more. If you would like this course to be delivered in-house at your business, then please contact us to discuss this option.


Session 1 Introduction

Introducing heat recovery systems, basic terminology

Session 2 Setting Energy Targets

Energy balances, heat recovery diagrams, setting energy targets using composite curves

Session 3 Problem Table Algorithm

Setting energy targets using the problem table algorithm

Session 4 Heat Recovery Pinch

The thermodynamic principles governing heat recovery systems

Session 5 Heat Exchanger Network Representation

Working diagrams for designing heat recovery systems

Session 6 Heat Exchanger Network Design for Maximum Energy Recovery

The pinch design method for maximum heat recovery

Session 7 Stream Splitting

The role of stream splitting in heat recovery

Session 8 Multiple Utilities

Targeting the optimum utility mix to service individual processes, design methods

Session 9 Threshold Problems

The characteristics of threshold problems, targeting and design

Session 10 Optimisation of Heat Exchanger Networks

Degrees of freedom for optimisation of a network structure, loops and paths, stream split fractions, optimisation method

Session 11 Automated Design of New Heat Exchanger Networks

Principle of automating network design for new heat recovery systems

Session 12 Retrofit

Retrofit objectives, retrofit design methods, automated retrofit methods

Session 13 Heat Engines, Heat Pumps and Refrigeration Principles

Principles for the integration of heat engines, heat pumps and refrigeration

Session 14 Process Modifications Manipulation

Manipulation of process degrees of freedom to increase network heat recovery potential

Session 15 Data Extraction

Principles of extracting data from process flowsheets

Session 16 Putting it into Practice

Organisation of projects

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