A fundamental introduction to the techniques and technologies employed for the design and operation of thermal energy systems. Read more Read less

  • Heat-Exchangers
  • Heat-Exchanger Networks
  • Refrigeration
  • Air-Conditioning. 

This course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the heat and power generation, process, or oil and gas industries, and building services.

At a glance

  • DurationFive days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

Five days of lectures, featuring practical examples and detailed case-studies. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in the design of heat exchangers
  • Apply pinch technology for the design of heat exchanger networks
  • Understand the issues related to the efficient use of thermal energy and apply the relevant techniques and technologies
  • Analyse and design refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, employing competent knowledge of their principles.

Core content

Heat Exchanger Design and Operation

  • Heat Exchangers
  • Pinch Analysis and Energy System Analysis
  • Heat Exchanger Network Design
  • Design Exercise (Optimal Design of a Heat Exchanger

Waste Heat Recovery and Thermal Storage

  • Waste-heat Recovery
  • Thermal Storage

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

  • Vapour-compression Refrigeration Systems
  • Refrigerants
  • Refrigeration Compressors
  • Expansion Devices
  • Absorption Refrigeration
  • Psychrmetry and Principle Air-conditioning Processes
  • Humidifiers, Air Washers and Cooling Towers.

Who should attend

This course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the heat and power generation, process, and oil and gas industries or building services.


This short course is a module within the MSc in Process Systems Engineering which is accredited by the Engineering Council, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Energy Institute and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).


Dr Ali Nabavi


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 

10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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