SEGi Students Gain Industry Knowledge on Heat Exchanger Design

A recent industrial talk on Plant and Heat Exchanger Design on 20 March 2024 offered SEGi University’s Chemical Engineering students invaluable insights into the complexities of designing heat exchangers. Led by Daniel Tok Kiat Wei, an experienced process engineer from JJ-Lurgi Engineering Sdn Bhd, the session provided a comprehensive overview of the principles, challenges, and innovations shaping the field. This event was jointly organised by SEGi IChemE Student Chapter and SEGi University’s Chemical Engineering Department lecturers Ir. Choo Chee Ming, Dr. Sangeetaprivya P. Siva, and Dr. Mohd Faizan Bin Jamaluddin.

The talk began with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of heat transfer and the role of heat exchangers in various industrial applications. Students gained a deeper understanding of the importance of efficient heat exchange in optimising process performance and energy efficiency. Throughout the session, participants were guided through the step-by-step process of heat exchanger design, from initial concept development to detailed engineering and fabrication. Key considerations such as heat transfer coefficients, fluid properties, and pressure drop were elucidated, highlighting the multifaceted nature of the design process.

The session also explored different types of heat exchangers commonly used in industry, including shell-and-tube and plate heat exchanger configurations. Real-world case studies and practical examples provided context and relevance, illustrating the diverse applications and design considerations in engineering practice. Engaging quizzes and Q&A sessions made the event interactive and stimulating.

Beyond technical knowledge, the industrial talk served as a platform for networking and collaboration, fostering connections between students and industry professionals. Participants were encouraged to ask questions, share perspectives, and explore potential career opportunities in process engineering and thermal design. Networking at such events is crucial, as it aligns with the findings of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which states that internships and employer connections are critical for job placements post-graduation (NACE, 2020).

In conclusion, the talk on Plant and Heat Exchanger Design provided students with a holistic understanding of the day-to-day chemical engineering design process and a glimpse into the dynamic landscape of industrial engineering. Tang Yu Le, a participating student, shared, “The talk given by Daniel was informative and well-paced, highlighting important aspects of heat exchanger design, which inspired me to have a deeper appreciation for the heat transfer process.” Daniel’s engaging delivery captivated students from beginning to end, leaving them armed with newfound knowledge and inspiration.

With this enhanced understanding, SEGi students are poised to make meaningful contributions to the future of heat exchanger technology and process optimisation.

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