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Chemical Engineering Design: Principles, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design Hardcover – Dec 10 2007

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  • Hardcover: 1266 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1 edition (Dec 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750684232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750684231
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 19.6 x 5.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,945,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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' An essential support text for the traditional design product. ...Well written, it is easy to read and is superbly indexed'
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"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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Format: Hardcover
This is a very informative, exhaustive, and modern chemical engineering design textbook. It covers all essential aspects of chemical design for plants and processes, including, as the subtitle suggests, principles, practices and the economics of such design. It is intended for an advanced undergraduate course, or even for an introductory graduate course in chemical engineering or related fields.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Book was received in perfect condition, and on time, as stated on product info page. Very pleased with the book, time from order to receiving it at home, and condition.
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This book has what a process design engineer requires on his/her everyday job.
It includes materials, process control, and quite a few references.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5708804) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa376039c) out of 5 stars A Great Process Design Reference July 23 2010
By Bradley Yaniga - Published on Amazon.com
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It can be helpful to know the background of the person leaving the review: I obtained both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Toledo, and for the last three years, I have worked both as a process and process control engineer in industry (2007-2010). Before I purchased a process control book, I did much research and I know now that I made the right decision. Whether you are student who is trying to learn process design for the first time or if you are already in your career (academia or industry), this is a book that compiles much information in one place. The chemical engineering student, as well as the process engineer in industry, would benefit from this wealth of information pertaining to the design of unit operations equipment. Now I use this as reference material for potential, future capital projects at work.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37605e8) out of 5 stars An articulate systematic guide to Chemical Engineering Design, Practice, and Plant Economics March 1 2012
By Didaskalex - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ruben - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm using this book for my Chemical Engineering Process Design I and II classes. It has been very useful for assignments, and is relatively easy to read, although economics stuff is sometimes a bit dry. The examples are good, and the supplemental material online has also been very good. It is a good book, with some useful review of heat transfer, and fundamental chemical engineering principles.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37608ac) out of 5 stars Senior two semester ChemE design textbook Aug. 19 2012
By Michael A. Duvernois - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a textbook intended for a two semester senior-level undergraduate class in Chemical Engineering, specifically a design course with the first half of the text covering process design and the second half covering plant design. This is outside of my technical work (as a physics professor and researcher) but it was interesting to see what the engineering students are working on in their design classes. Am keeping the book as a reference for process design and control which is sometimes an ancillary need during production of detector components in my work.

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.
HASH(0xa3760ce4) out of 5 stars It had what I needed to write my paper. July 16 2013
By Shane Tierling - Published on Amazon.com
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Towler and Sinnott's book provides a good overview of process design covers flowsheet layout, simulation, estimation of operating and capital costs, profitability analysis and optimization. The book then covers preliminary equipment design, including pressure vessels, reactors, separators, columns, solids handling equipment, heat exchangers and fluid hydraulics. This is a good overview of process design.