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Abstract: "This paper gives an overview of the evolution of mathematical methods for heat exchanger network synthesis over the last 25 years. Two major developments have been methods for targeting and methods for automated synthesis through simultaneous optimization. The formerhave helped to expand the scope and increase the accuracy of pinch based methods; the latter have provided a framework to automate the synthesis of networks while explicitly accounting for trade-offs between energy consumption, number of units and area. Basic ideas behind thesemethods are discussed, as well as their capabilities and implementation in computer software. Several application examples are also presented.The paper concludes with the major lessons that have been learned in developing these methods, as well as future directions and prospects for automated synthesis capabilities which can greatly enhance the productivity of design engineers and the quality of their designs."