Heat Transfer Modeling Using Aspen Plus

Learn thermal design and optimization of heat exchangers and integrate heat exchanger model into process modeling to improve the performance of heat exchangers in the overall process. Investigate the thermal calculations employed by both Aspen Plus and the Aspen Exchanger Design and Rating features.


  • Process engineers doing process design and optimization projects with Aspen Plus in conjunction with Aspen Exchanger Design & Rating (EDR) products
  • Plant engineers checking heat exchanger performance under different operating conditions

Training Details

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  • Achieve improved performance through the elimination of exchanger bottlenecks, identification of problems due to upset process conditions, and the re-design of replacement exchangers with revamp projects by learning to link Aspen Shell & Tube Exchanger or Air Cooled Exchanger software with Aspen Plus
  • Understand heat exchanger geometry and design basics, focusing on shell & tube  and air cooled exchangers
  • Progress from shortcut modeling of heat exchangers in Aspen Plus to using rigorous Aspen EDR models


  • Instruction on basic heat transfer topics
  • Discussion about the general approach and the key elements for good exchanger design
  • Instructor-guided demonstrations
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Detailed course notes


  • Attended EAP101 Aspen Plus: Process Modeling or have previous experience with Aspen Plus
  • Fundamental awareness of Aspen Exchanger Design & Rating programs

Subsequent Courses

  • EHX1100 Modeling Heat Exchangers Using the Exchanger Design and Rating Suite
  • EHX1011 Design and Rate Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers
  • EHX1021 Design and Rate Air Cooled Heat Exchangers


Heat Exchanger Unit Operations
  • Review Aspen Plus unit operations and calculation options that perform heat transfer calculations
  • Compare and contrast the capabilities and benefits of available heat exchanger calculation models
  • Workshop: Investigate the variety of Aspen Plus heat transfer options by replacing Heater model with HeatX

Heat Exchangers Overview
  • Identify the heat exchanger types that can be integrated with Aspen Plus
  • Compare and contrast the applicability and operation of different types of heat exchangers

Rigorous Heat Exchanger Modeling In Aspen Plus
  • Examine how to implement Aspen EDR software in an Aspen Plus simulation
  • Make use of the EDR Design Console as an improved method for linking Aspen Plus and Aspen Shell a& Tube Exchanger or Air Cooled Exchanger
  • Workshop: Modify an Aspen Plus heat exchanger model to perform rigorous heat exchanger design calculations using Aspen EDR

Other Heat Transfer Options
  • Utilize Aspen Plus to generate physical properties for use in Aspen Exchanger Design & Rating programs
  • Examine the Reboiler Wizard and its ability to simplify more detailed modeling of reboilers in RadFrac models
  • Workshop:  Use Aspen EDR to rigorously size an air cooled heat exchanger to represent an overhead condenser
  • Workshop: Rigorously design a reboiler for a distillation column model using the Aspen Plus Reboiler Wizard feature

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Aspen Technology, Inc. awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for training classes conducted by our organization. One CEU is granted for every 10 hours of class participation.