Compact Heat Exchangers for Automotive Applications     


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Duration: 2 Days
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Rapid advances have been made in the range of available designs and operational parameters as well as in the fundamental understanding of compact heat exchangers (CHEs). Since the majority of modern heat exchangers used for heating and cooling systems for vehicular applications are CHEs, keeping up to date with these advances is essential. This seminar will help you understand and be able to apply comprehensive information about the intricacies of CHE design, performance, operating problems and state-of-the-art-technology for car and truck applications.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Describe current state-of-the-art vehicular heat exchangers and how they relate to the current heat exchanger technology of other industries
  • Explain the interaction, feedback and importance of problem specifications, thermal-hydraulic design, mechanical design, manufacturing and cost considerations and trade-offs based on the component and system design approaches for vehicular heat exchanger design
  • Assess in-depth -NTU, P-NTU and MTD methods of heat exchanger analysis and articulate advantages and limitations of each method
  • Perform exchanger pressure drop analyses, taking into account pressure drop associated with the core (entrance, exit, friction, form drag and momentum effects) and flow distribution devices (manifolds, headers, tanks, bends, fittings, etc.)
  • Explain theoretical solutions for developed and developing laminar and turbulent flows in heat exchangers
  • Apply empirical correlations for various fin and surface geometry's used in vehicular heat exchangers
  • Utilize theoretical solutions to extend the applicability range of empirical solutions
  • Describe and implement detailed, step-by-step procedures for the design and performance of single-phase heat exchangers -- radiators, heaters, oil coolers and charge air-coolers
  • Determine how to choose specific fin or surface geometry's for vehicular applications
  • Optimize heat exchanger designs to work with a large number of variables associated with the design
  • Computerize heat exchanger design and performance calculations
  • Describe the engine cooling system from the radiator and heater design point of view
  • Describe the components of the air-conditioning system and implications for the design of condensers and evaporators
  • Utilize basic principles of vaporization and condensation for the design of condensers and evaporators
  • Articulate design and rating procedures for condensers and evaporators
  • Describe system design considerations for the design of engine cooling and air-conditioning heat exchangers
  • Discuss future trends and technology developments of vehicular heat exchangers

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for product and design engineers and academicians seeking the latest developments in the field, and engineers involved in software development for heat exchanger design and heating and cooling systems.

Participants should have an undergraduate engineering degree.

Topical Outline

Day One

  • Automotive Heat Exchangers - Functions and Types
  • Heat Exchanger Design Logic/Procedure
  • Single-Phase Heat Transfer and Pressure Drop Analysis
  • Discussion
  • Heat Transfer/Flow Friction Characteristics and Correlations
  • Plate-Fin and Tube-Fin Rating and Sizing Procedures
  • Vaporization and Condensation Principles
  • Condenser and Evaporator Design
  • Discussion

Day Two

  • Automotive Air-Conditioning System
  • Engine Cooling System
  • Auto A/C Heat Exchangers Performance Testing
  • Charge Air and Exhaust Gas Cooling
  • Heat Exchanger Design from System Design Considerations
  • State of the Technology and Future Trends in CHEs
  • Discussion

Instructor(s): Joe Borghese
Joe Borghese is a Staff Engineer at Honeywell International in Torrance, CA. Joe has been involved in the design, development and test of compact heat exchangers for aerospace and industrial applications for over 25 yrs. As the thermal analysis group leader for 9 years he led efforts to develop several new compact fin surfaces for use in aerospace and automotive applications. He recently was responsible for the design of the oil coolers for the GENx engine (Boeing 787 and 747-800), the oil cooler for the Honeywell HGT1700 Auxiliary Power Unit and the Environmental Control System ram air heat exchangers for the Airbus A350. In the past Joe has led efforts to develop high temperature recuperators for industrial turbogenerators and automotive Exhaust Gas Recirculation coolers. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from M.I.T.

Fees: $1275.00 ; SAE Members: $1020.00 - $1148.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.


"Good, concise seminar; something for all levels of expertise."
Tim Purwin
Project Engineer
Calsonic North America, Inc.

"If you are involved in automotive heat exchanger design, this seminar is a must attend."
Sergio Pujols
Design Engineer
Visteon Corporation

"This seminar will provide the best design intent/background for heating and cooling functions for automotive applications."
Brian Winstanley
Engineering Staff
Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

"This program will be a must for both entry-level engineers and even the more experienced will benefit."
Michael Evans
Technical Specialist
Roush Industries, Inc.

"Every engineer involved in automotive heat exchanger design needs to be exposed to this course if possible at the early stage in their career."
Dr-Ing Dele Josiah Ajele PE
Engineering Manager
Dura-Lite Heat Transfer Products, Ltd.

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