Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers


  • Carl R. Branan, Retired El Paso Natural Gas, El Paso, TX, USA

This new edition of the most complete handbook for chemical and process engineers incorporates the latest information for engineers and practitioners who depend on it as a working tool. New material explores the recent trends and updates of gas treating and fractionator computer solutions analysis. Substantial additions to this edition include a new section on gasification that reflects the many new trends and techniques in the field and a treatment on compressible fluid flow.This convenient volume provides engineers with hundreds of common sense techniques, shortcuts, and calculations to quickly and accurately solve day-to-day design, operations, and equipment problems. Here, in a compact, easy-to-use format, are practical tips, handy formulas, correlations, curves, charts, tables, and shortcut methods that will save engineers valuable time and effort.
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Chemical Engineers


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7856-8


Branan's useful and convenient handbook for chemical and process engineers (at a bargain price) will be much appreciated by students and practitioners... (American Reference Books Annual) ...this book is a handy reference tool for preliminary designs, and has some very useful information on several aspects of plant operation. (Chemical Engineering) Carl Branan's book provides a huge amount of valuable information on a wide variety of chemical engineering applications from sizing pipelines to economic evaluation of process options. (IChemE: Institute of Chemical Engineers)

Table of Contents

Section One: Equipment Design1. Fluid Flow2. Heat Exchangers3. Fractionators4. Absorbers5. Pumps6. Compressors7. Drivers8. Separators/Accumulators9. Boilers10. Cooling TowersSection Two: Process Design11. Refrigeration12. Gasification (by Chris Higman)13. Gas Treating (updated by Chris Higman)14. Vacuum Systems15. Pneumatic Conveying16. BlendingSection Three: Plant Design17. Process Evaluation18. Reliability19. Metallurgy20. Safety21. ControlsSection Four: Operations22. Troubleshooting23. Startup24. Energy Conservation25. Shortcut Methods for Decisions26. Process Modelling Using Linear Programming 27. Properties28. Approximate Conversion FactorsAppendixes Appendix 1: Shortcut Equipment Design Methods - Overview Appendix 2: Geographic Information Systems Appendix 3: Archimedes’ Method Goes Modern Appendix 4: Process Safety Management Appendix 5 Do-it-Yourself Shortcut Methods Appendix 6: Overview for Engineering Students Appendix 7: Guidelines for Equipment Decisions Appendix 8: Process Specification SheetsIndex