2003 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Short Courses—Process Heating Systems Optimization Workshop

March 2–6 · 2003 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · San Diego, California



Dr. Arvind C. ThekdiDr. Thekdi has over 30 years of experience in design and development of furnaces used by all major industries. His area of expertise includes design and application of combustion and heating systems, waste heat recovery systems, emission (NOx) reduction systems and use of combined heat and power systems for process heating applications. He has worked in the areas of engineering, R&D, and marketing for major furnace companies that supply heating equipment to metals and nonmetals industries throughout the world. During the last 3 years Dr. Thekdi has participated in more than a dozen Plant Wide Energy Assessments for major industrial plants throughout the USA. He has contributed to the development of a software tool Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST), and developed and delivered training courses that offer instructions on practical and cost-effective methods to improve thermal efficiency of process heating equipment such as melters, furnaces, ovens, kilns etc. He holds 25 U.S. and foreign patents related to high temperature processes and equipment, published more than 50 technical papers and contributed to two books in the area of combustion, process heating and application of improved technologies in industries.


In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Saturday, March 1, 2003• 8:30am-5:00pm

Presented by:
Arvind Thekdi, E3M, Inc.

Members $475, Non-members $560

Sponsored by:
TMS Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division, joint with the U.S. DOE

of energy used for process heating represents a large percentage of the cost of manufacturing for the primary industries and it is expected to increase in the future. Process heating energy is used in the form of combustion of natural gas in furnaces and boilers, heating by steam, or electric heating. In many cases these heating processes are inefficient with large amount of energy being wasted as flue gases and other heat losses from the heating equipment. Typically a furnace or melter used in the metals industry could be less than 40% efficient. Additionally inefficient operations could have negative effect on productivity, product quality and product yield in manufacturing operations. Many of these deficiencies can be reduced or eliminated and significant cost reductions can be achieved by use of proper operating practices and improved maintenance of the process heating equipment.

Who Should Attend:
This 1 day course is intended for, supervisors, engineers and operating personnel responsible for energy efficiency improvements in heating equipment such as furnaces, ovens, melters, boilers used in the manufacturing plants. The attendees will receive a copy of PHAST software tool for their use.

Course Overview:
This workshop includes an introduction to use of energy efficient process heating and process heating equipment such as furnaces, ovens, dryers, heaters, kilns etc. used by the metals and non-metals industries. It includes discussion of combustion and other heating methods, heat transfer in furnaces, heat containment, waste heat recovery, commonly used process heating controls and emission reduction related to process heating.

Application of the Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST) is also covered. PHAST can be used to survey furnaces, to identify major energy using equipment, to prioritize improvement opportunities, and assess available methods that can be used to reduce energy consumption in an industrial plant. There are several general elements to the workshop:

  • Introduction to fuels and combustion for industrial furnaces, heaters, kilns etc.
  • Efficient operations and maintenance of combustion system (burners and associated components)
  • Heat transfer methods and improvements in furnaces and heating systems.
  • Reduction of heat losses in furnaces through improved insulation and housekeeping
  • Methods of heat recovery from flue gases and waste heat produced in furnaces
  • Reduction and control of NOx and other regulated emissions from heating equipment
  • “Common sense” controls for efficient operation of furnaces

Other Short Courses:
Below is a list of the other short courses that are scheduled for the 2003 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition:



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