Process Heat Transfer, 1st Edition

Principles, Applications and Rules of Thumb

Process Heat Transfer, 1st Edition,Thomas Lestina,Robert Serth,ISBN9780123735881


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Provides comprehensive, applied instruction for the design of heat exchangers for professionals at all levels.

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Key Features

• Utilizes leading commercial software important to professional engineers designing heat exchangers.
• Illustrates design procedures using complete step-by-step worked examples.
• Provides details on how to develop an initial configuration for a heat exchanger and how to systematically modify it to obtain a final design.
• Abundant example problems solved manually and with the integration of computer software.


The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Heat exchangers are devices built for efficient heat transfer from one fluid to another. They are widely used in engineering processes and include examples such as intercoolers, preheaters, boilers and condensers in power plants. Heat exchangers are becoming more and more important to manufacturers striving to control energy costs.

Process Heat Transfer Rules of Thumb investigates the design and implementation of industrial heat exchangers. It provides the background needed to understand and master the commercial software packages used by professional engineers for design and analysis of heat exchangers. This book focuses on the types of heat exchangers most widely used by industry, namely shell-and-tube exchangers (including condensers, reboilers and vaporizers), air-cooled heat exchangers and double-pipe (hairpin) exchangers. It provides a substantial introduction to the design of heat exchanger networks using pinch technology, the most efficient strategy used to achieve optimal recovery of heat in industrial processes.


practicing engineers involved with heat transfer equipment in chemical, petrochemical, petroleum processing, and engineering services and consulting firms; students

Thomas Lestina

Vice President, Research & Engineering Services, Heat Transfer Research, Inc, TX, USA. Tom Lestina has more than 30 years of engineering and project management experience.

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Vice President, Engineering Services, Heat Transfer Research, Inc, TX, USA

Robert Serth

Bob taught for more than 30 years in the Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Prior to that, he was a senior research engineer at Monsanto and taught chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez.

Affiliations and Expertise

Previously Texas A&M University-Kingsville; Monsanto Research Corporation; University of Puerto Rico.

Process Heat Transfer, 1st Edition

Heat Conduction; Convective Heat Transfer; Heat Exchangers; Design of Double-Pipe Heat Exchangers; Design of Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers; The Delaware Method; The Stream Analysis Method; Heat Exchanger Networks; Boiling Heat Transfer; Reboilers; Condensers; Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers; Appendix
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