Ludwig's Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants

Volume 2: Distillation, packed towers, petroleum fractionation, gas processing and dehydration


  • A. Kayode Coker, PhD, Engineering Coordinator, Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company, Saudi Arabia

The Fourth Edition of Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants Volume 2 builds upon the late Ernest E. Ludwig’s classic chemical engineering process design manual. Volume Two focuses on distillation and packed towers, and presents the methods and fundamentals of plant design along with supplemental mechanical and related data, nomographs, data charts and heuristics. The Fourth Edition is significantly expanded and updated, with new topics that ensure readers can analyze problems and find practical design methods and solutions to accomplish their process design objectives.
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Chemical Engineers; petrochemical process engineers; industrial engineers


Book information

  • Published: June 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8366-1


"Each chapter provides high-level nuggets of background information supported by reference charts and easy-to-follow examples…. As an arsenal of distillation design and problem-solving tools, this edition is a recommended reference manual for practicing engineers, and a good resource for new graduates entering the industry."--reviewed in CEP

"The book serves as an excellent resource for distillation unit operations that are crucial to the gas-processing, chemical and petrochemical industries."--reviewed in Chemical Engineering

Table of Contents

Distillation Process Performance; Petroleum, Complex-Mixture Fractionating, Gas Processing, Dehydration, Hydrocarbon Absorption and Stripping; Enhanced Distillation Types; Mechanical Designs for Tray Performance; Packed Towers