Design of optimum thermal and energy storage systems is one of the key prerequisites to enhance the performance and efficiency of conventional and future energy systems and chemical processes.  Read more Read less

This course will enable you to combine and apply the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics in the design and optimisation of commercial thermal systems. In addition, the course  introduces you to a wide range of challenges and opportunities in waste heat recovery and energy storage, and provides you with practical approaches and solutions to enhance the system efficiency.

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:

  • Analyse and design heat exchangers, competently applying the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics,
  • Construct optimised heat exchanger networks by applying principles of process integration,
  • Recognise and debate  the issues related to the efficient use of thermal energy and appraise techniques and technologies employed,
  • Design and analyse the performance of refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Core content

Heat exchanger Design and Operation

  • Heat exchangers: Classification. Theoretical principles and design of recuperative systems (effectiveness, NTU and capacity ratio approach for parallel-, counter- and cross-flow configurations). Regenerative heat exchangers (intermittent and continuous systems). Heat exchanger optimisation (optimal pressure drop and surface area to maximise economic returns. Health and safety design considerations of heat exchangers,
  • Numerical modelling for design and optimisation of heat exchangers: Finite volume based computational fluid dynamics model will be developed using ANSYS Fluent. Analytical solutions will be developed to validate the numerical model,
  • Process integration: Problem table method. Heat-exchanger network. Utility systems. Fundamentals of pinch analysis and Energy Analysis. 

Waste Heat Recovery and Thermal Storage

  • Waste heat recovery: Heat recovery for industrial applications. Energy density considerations. Economics of waste-heat recovery,
  • Thermal storage: Principles and application to hot and cold systems. Storage duration and scale. Sensible and latent heat systems.  Phase-change storage materials. Application to source and load matching.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

  • Application of refrigeration and air conditioning,
  • Vapour-compression refrigeration systems: Multi-stage compressor systems. Multi-evaporator systems,
  • Absorption refrigeration: Absorption refrigeration for waste heat recovery. The absorption process. Properties of fluid-pair solutions. Design of absorption cycles. Double-effect systems.  Advances in absorption-refrigeration technology,
  • Psychrometry and principle Air-conditioning processes: Psychrometry. Heating, cooling, humidification and dehumidification processes.

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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