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 Export to Your Calendar 10/5/2020 to 11/15/2020
When: 6 Week On-Line Course beginning October 5, 2020
On your own time
Where: Online
United States
Presenter: Jack Marino
Contact: Leslie Muck

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IHEA is offering its distance learning course, Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating.  The on-line course offers you the opportunity to keep current with industrial process heating in the comfort and convenience of your own workplace or home. The course is designed to give you the flexibility you need, with the interaction with an instructor and forums to communicate with other students in your class.  

The course is taught over a 6 week period.  Each week students will be assigned a chapter to read from the Fundamental of Process Heating coursebook (electronic version included with course registration), and expected to participate in on-line forum discussions and complete weekly quizzes.  There is a final exam project which will be assigned during the fifth week of class. The instructor will be available by email to respond to questions and provide clarification.

Course Description:
 This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, furnace design, refractories, automatic control, and atmospheres as applied to industrial process heating.  Students will gain a basic understanding of heat transfer principles, fuels and combustion equipment, electric heating and instrumentation and control for efficient operation of furnaces and ovens in process heating.  

This course is designed to give the student a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of heat transfer within an industrial furnace and the associated losses and the operation of a heating source either as fuel combustion or electricity.  All concepts are derived mathematically with limited use of “rules of thumb “.

As one of our prime objectives, the student will learn how to properly size the heating system to accomplish the required furnace output.

Radiant heat transfer, in particular, is a very complex phenomena requiring rigorous mathematical analysis. It is rarely addressed at the undergraduate level.  Therefore, the student should have a solid basis in undergraduate thermodynamics for this course.

Combustion Fundamentals & Fuels

  • Arithmetic and algebraic operations
  • Energy forms and terms
  • Conversion factors and units
  • Combustion chemistry
  • Gaseous Fuels
  • Liquid Fuels

Heat Balance and Efficiency Calculations

  • Furnace Heat Balance
  • Simplified Heat Balance
  • Furnace Wall Losses
  • Conveyor and Fixture Losses
  • Heat Storage Losses
  • Excess Air Losses
  • Software Tools
  • Turndown Requirements

Combustion Equipment for Gaseous and Liquid Fuels

  • Gas Burners
  • Oil Burners
  • Dual Fuel Burners
  • Control of Fuel-Air Ratios
  • Oil Flow Control
  • Combustion Air Sources
  • Oxygen-Enriched Combustion
  • Ignition of Fuel
  • Combustion Safety Equipment

Advanced Heat Transfer Principles

  • Heat Transfer in Furnaces Loads
  • Rate of Heat Absorption by the Charge
  • Industrial Furnace Applications of Heat Transfer
  • Burner Selection
  • Heat Transfer in Continuous Slot-Type

Elements of Heat Transmission

  • Convection
  • Conduction
  • Radiation
  • Heat to Change
  • Heat Transfer Calculations

Fundamentals of Electrical Heating

  • Electrical Heating Advantages
  • Comparative Costs of Electric vs. Fuel-Fired
  • Types of Electric Heating Elements
  • Element Life
  • Design and Selection of Elements
  • Safety
  • Power Control Arrangements


Course Fees:  $750 IHEA Members / $925 Non-Members

Group Discount Available - Register 2 or more people from the same company at the same time to receive discounted registration!  The first person will receive the regular rate and each additional attendee will receive a $125 discount!

Cost includes the online course materials sent electronically.  A printed version can also be purchased.  A certificate of completion noting the PDHs earned will be given to each attendee who successfully completes the course.

Instructor - Jack Marino

IHEA brings industry expert Jack Marino to lead students in this 6-week online course. Jack is a registered Professional Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the heat processing business. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, and has a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science from Penn State. Jack began his career as a project engineer and worked his way to VP of Engineering and eventually became the owner and president of Denton Refractory Services Corp., a refractory contracting and furnace construction company. He also started Hauck Manufacturing’s Chinese company and served as President of Hauck Combustion (Nanjing). Marino holds 6 patents in combustion technology and is the author of numerous technical papers. He also led Hauck’s team in the development of "e-solutions for combustion” as well as a major contributor to many of the programs. Mr. Marino’s knowledge and experience offers invaluable resources that online students can access throughout the course.


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