Course detail

Heat Exchangers

FSI-LVTAcad. year: 2021/2022

Course contents: Summary of basic prerequisites, work with standardization of TEMA and its use in the basic design of heat exchangers, detailed design of the bundle heat exchanger (tube geometry, bulkheads, sheath current analysis), vibrations induced by flow in the shell (prediction, criteria of severity, design), calculation of pressure losses, strength calculation, influence of exchangers (corrosion, fouling) on the design of exchangers. The other principles will be the basic principles for designing phase change exchangers (capacitors, reboilers). Last but not least, the students will be introduced to the basic design of other types of exchangers - plate heat exchangers and regenerative exchangers.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will acquire advanced knowledge of engineering tasks in heat exchanger designs. The student will acquire practical skills in heat design of heat exchangers, calculation of pressure losses and strength calculations. This knowledge will be used in the fields of power engineering, heating, heating, air conditioning, heat recovery, chemical and process engineering, and can be used in manufacturing plants, investors and operators.


Thermomechanics, Combustion Devices and Heat Exchangers, Heat and Mass Transfer


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught in the form of lectures, where the students will be acquainted with specific methods of calculation of exchangers. Exercise is focused on the practical handling of the substance discussed at the lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The granting of credit is conditioned by activity on exercises, processing semestral work and mastering of the credit test. The exam is written with a possible oral correction and will verify the knowledge in the field of theoretical preparation.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim is to get acquainted with all aspects of heat, strength and hydraulic (aerodynamic) design of heat exchangers.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

BALÁŠ, Marek. Kotle a výměníky tepla. Vyd. 2. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2013. ISBN 978-80-214-4770-7.
STEHLÍK, Petr, Josef KOHOUTEK a Jan NĚMČANSKÝ. Tepelné pochody: Výpočet výměníku tepla. Brno: VUT, 1991. Učební texty vysokých škol. ISBN 80-214-0363-2.
ŠESTÁK, Jiří a Rudolf ŽITNÝ. Tepelné pochody II: výměníky tepla, odpařování, sušení, průmyslové pece a elektrický ohřev. Vyd. 2. V Praze: Nakladatelství ČVUT, 2006c1997, 165 s. ISBN 80-01-03475-5.
KUPPAN, Thulukkanam. Heat exchanger design handbook. New York: Marcel Dekker, 2000. Mechanical engineering (Marcel Dekker, Inc.). ISBN 0-8247-9787-6.

Recommended reading

PAVELEK, Milan. Termomechanika. Brno: Akademické nakladatelství CERM, 2011. ISBN 978-80-214-4300-6.
Incropera, F. P., DeWitt, D. P.: Fundamentals od Heat and Mass Transfer. 3rd ed. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1990.
G. F. HEWITT (executive editor): Heat Exchanger Design Handbook 1998, Begell House, New York, 1998.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-ETI-P Master's

    specialization ENI , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Principles of heat transport, types of heat exchangers
2. Methods of design of exchangers - LMTD, NTU
3. Shell and tube heat exchangers according to TEMA
4. Basic design of shell and tube exchangers
5. Advanced design of shell and tube exchangers
6. Heat exchangers - condensation
7. Heat exchangers - boiling
8. Hydraulic / aerodynamic calculation
9. Vibration and their elimination, strength calculation
10. Steam generators nuclear power plants
11. Basic design of plate heat exchangers
12. Basic design of regenerative heat exchangers
13. Exchanger operation - fouling, corrosion


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Principles of heat transport, types of heat exchangers
2. The LMTD method
3. The NTU method
4.-7. Design of shell and tube heat exchangers
8. Condenser
9. Reboiler
10. Hydraulic / aerodynamic calculation
11. Strength calculation
12. Design of plate exchanger
13. Credit test