October 12-14, 2010


3700 S. Lindbergh
St. Louis, MO 63127-1338

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), a DOE Allied Partner, has developed a Process Heating training program. This program includes introduction to the Process Heating Analysis and Survey Tool (PHAST) software and training in its use for industrial heating systems in all major industries. The PHAST tool
is designed to survey and analyze energy use in industrial furnaces and investigate available options to increase thermal effi ciency of these furnaces.

IHEA and the local sponsor of this workshop are supporting DOE efforts for a two and a half -day workshop and qualifying examination that seeks to recognize industry experts (suppliers, consultants, and expert users of process heating systems) as Qualifi ed PHAST Specialists to ensure the best possible training for the use of PHAST. DOE recognizes Qualifi ed PHAST Specialists for their ability
to apply the PHAST tool with industrial users. Attendees who successfully complete the workshop and qualifying exam will become Qualifi ed PHAST Specialists and are qualified to conduct processes heating energy saving assessments. The workshop is open to individuals with substantial knowledge of process heating systems and who are interested in taking a rigorous qualifying exam.

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Tuesday, October 12
  • 7:30 am Continental Breakfast and Registration
  • 8:00 -11:30 am Morning Session
    Introduction and Purpose
    DOE and IHEA Presentations
    Review of Processes and Equipment Used in the Industry
    Process Heating Basics
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 12:30 - 5:00 pm Afternoon Session
    Efficiency Improvements for Industrial Process Heating Equipment
    PHAST Overview 
    PHAST (Installation and Orientation)
    Question and Answer Session, Feedback, and Begin Homework Assignment
Wednesday, October 13 
  • 7:30 am Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 -11:30 am Morning Session
    Plant Visit and Data Collection by the attendees on Industrial Process Heating Equipment
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
  • 12:30 - 5:00 pm Afternoon Session
    What is Behind PHAST?
    PHAST Data Collection Equipment Furnace Measurements
    Individual work on Homework Assignment
Thursday, October 14
  • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Morning Session
    PHAST Working Session
    Question and Answer Session and Feedback
    Qualifying Examination (1.75 hours):
    1) Process Heating Technical Knowledge
    2) PHAST- Selected Industry Survey Simulation
    Feedback, Discussion, and Evaluation
  • 12:00 pm - Optional Lunch

Course Requirements

  • Prior Knowledge of commonly used terms for heating system terminology and familiarity with industrial heating equipment (furnaces, ovens, heaters, melters, etc.).
  • Laptop computer with Windows 2000 or XP operating system installed. In some cases it may be necessary to contact your company IT personnel to allow downloading of PHAST and associated data base (MS Access Files).
  • Microsoft Offi ce with MS Access 2000 (or higher) Software installed on the computer to allow use of PHAST data base and fi le transfers.
  • Please download software from:
  • You will be asked to register before you can proceed to the software download; both registration and software are free of charge.


Dr. Arvind Thekdi has over 30 years of experience in design and development of furnaces used by all major indusries. His area of expertise includes design and application of combustion and heating systems, waste recovery systems, emission (NOx) reduction systems and use of combined heat and power systems for process heating applications.

Dick Bennett is President of Janus Technology Group Inc., consultants specializing in technical assistance and education in the industrial process heating fi eld. He has been in the industrial combustion industry since 1965. He has long been active as an industry spokesperson and trainer. His column, “Energy Notes” is a regular feature in Process Heating Magazine. Dick holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He’s a member of ASM International, the Air and Waste Management Association, SME and NFPA. He is a Qualifi ed Instructor in the U. S. Department of Energy’s BestPractices PHAST Program.