Chemical Engineering Design: Principles, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design Hardcover – Dec 10 2007
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' An essential support text for the traditional design product. ...Well written, it is easy to read and is superbly indexed'
"Chemical Engineering Design is a complete text for students of chemical engineering"
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Bottom line: For a holistic view of chemical engineering design, this book provides as much, if not more, than any other book available on the topic.Extract from Chemical Engineering Resources review.
Chemical Engineering Designis a complete course text for students of chemical engineering. Written for the Senior Design Course, and also suitable for introduction to chemical engineering courses, it covers the basics of unit operations and the latest aspects of process design, equipment selection, plant and operating economics, safety and loss prevention. It is a textbook that students will want to keep through their undergraduate education and on into their professional lives.
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The chapters include: 'Process Flowsheet Development,' 'Instrumentation and Process Control,' 'Capital Cost Estimating,' 'General Site Considerations,' 'Design of Pressure Vessels,' 'Separation of Fluids,' 'Transport and Storage of Fluids,' and many others. Chapters generally build upon the preceding material, but there are a few that can be skipped if they don't directly align with the course material. The writing is very detailed, with many worked-out examples, tables, graphs and references. Each chapter ends with a set of problems. The problems vary in difficulty, but are generally well suited as a way for testing the understanding of the material in any given chapter. The book also includes 108 realistic design projects from several industries. The book can also be used as a reference for practicing engineers or designers. It is one of the more impressive technical textbooks that I've come across.
It includes materials, process control, and quite a few references.
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"The art and practice of design cannot be learned from books. The intuition and judgement necessary to apply theory to practice will come only from practical experience." --Ray Sinnott, Ch. Engineer, Manual Co-author
This articulate systematic guide to Chemical Engineering Design introduces the subject of a graduate level study of the process design principles, practice and plant economics, and serves as a hand book for Chemical project Engineers. The expert authors come from UOP, pioneering licensors of oil and gas (catalytic) processes, and Chemical manufacturer Dupont, who eloquently explore hands on experience in design, and evaluation of CPI/HPI projects. Their approach is in two parts, Process Design: the software, and Plant Design, projecting in detail the hardware selection, design and specification, a mere 1300 pages, in twenty chapters.
In Part I, Process Design unfolds as the 'engineering package, set by owners to engineering contractors, in a call for tenders. This covers the design basis, and the project structure Flow chart, and describes the design documents. Starting with PF development to a P&I D as the main detailed piping and instrument diagram. two main roots are discussed, the grass roots and modification of existing units (Revamp), PFD review slightly different, in both cases. Process reviews are discussed on all levels. Chapter 3 discusses utilities and energy management/ recovery. Process Simulation follows covering programs, physical properties, and optimization.
Chapter 5 cover Process control, starting from P&I D, describing Alarms, Safety trips & interlocks, and computer control systems (initiated in the 70's, with problms and references. Chapter 6 covers materials of construction, mechanical properties to types of corrosion, with a nice tip on corrosion charts, and different used alloys and plastics. Ch. 7-9 cover capital cost estimates, revenue, and production cost, economic evaluation of projects follows. Ch. 10-12 discuss safety & loss prevention, site selection, and design optimization. These last three chapters can form in fact be an integral part of Plant Design.
Plant Design, as Part II, considers equipment and (rotating) machinery, stressing selection and specs with process and mechanical internals design of pressure vessels, underlining Codes & standards. Reactors include reaction systems, catalysts and R internals. Separation columns: distillation, Absorption & extraction, Plate and packed internals well covered,concisely but clearly. Solid handling is reviewed in Ch. 18: particle size, mixing, and separation from liquids & gases. Fluidization, conveying and cyclone separators are covered, amended with fines as hazards in solid processing .
Heat transfer equipment, the backbone of plants, is articulated with a complete application list of Heat exchangers, finned air coolers, condensers design are explained with calculations. Fired heaters, and reboilers are combined with two phase flow, and boiling regime description. Kern design method and pressure drop, a nostalgic HE practice, are included. Ch. 20 on Fluid transport and storage, covers pressure drop in pipes, valves for single and two phase fluids. Pumps and compressors design, system curve, selection & performance curves are provided, with numerical examples, drivers and accessory description, and control valve sizing.
The authors hands on experience in process and project management is crystal clear. System approach is always considered including those of steam, relief, and other minor systems. API codes, and AIChE good practices, Safety codes, process review audits, and numerous project procedures were enumerated and clarified. Appendices cover corrosion Charts, physical properties data base, with problem statements in project design definition forms. It was hard for me to find any missing plant equipment, even a propriety one, coalescers are missed! I was wrong; they are briefly described (pp. 778) It has been delightful to review this fine guide.
The text is quite readable and doesn't seem to require a lot of background material. With just the references contained in the book, I was able to understand the material with no formal chemical engineering background. I can't directly compare this to other texts for the same classes though. For self-study, it is quite readable, if a bit dry, and does a good job with external references.