An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128148600

An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design

2nd Edition

Authors: Sean Moran
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128148600
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st July 2019
Page Count: 512
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An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design, Second Edition, covers plant layout, the use of spreadsheet programs, and key drawings produced by professional engineers as aids to design—all topics typically learned on the job rather than in education. Readers will learn how to produce smarter plant design through the use of computer tools, including Excel and AutoCAD, "What If Analysis", statistical tools and Visual Basic for more complex problems. The book also includes a wealth of selection tables, covering the key aspects of professional plant design which engineering students and early-career engineers tend to find most challenging.

Key Features

  • Includes new and expanded content, including illustrative case studies and practical examples
  • Explains how to deliver a process design that meets both business and safety criteria
  • Covers plant layout and the use of spreadsheet programs and key drawings as aids to design
  • Includes a comprehensive set of selection tables, covering aspects of professional plant design which early-career designers find most challenging


Chemical or Biochemical Engineering students and young professionals engineers, Process Engineers and Designers. Students of process engineering, technical chemistry, plant safety

Table of Contents

Part 1: Practical Principles
1. Process Plant Design
2. Stages of Process Plant Design
3. Process Plant Design Deliverables
4. 21st Century Process Plant Design Tools

Part 2: Professional Practice
5. System Level Design
6. Professional Design Methodology
7. How to Do a Mass and Energy Balance
8. How to do Hydraulic Calculations

Part 3: Low Level Design 
9. How to Design and Select Plant Components and Materials
10. How to Design Unit Operations
11. How to Cost a Design

Part 4 High Level Design
12. How to Design a Process Control System
13. How to Lay Out a Process Plant
14. How to Make Sure your Design is Reasonably Safe and Sustainable

Part 5 Advanced Design
15. Professional Practice
16. Beginner’s Errors to Avoid
17. Developing your Own Design Style

I: Integrated Design Example
II: Upset Conditions Table
III: Plant Separation Tables
IV: Checklists for Engineering Flow Diagrams
V: Teaching Practical Process Plant Design


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About the Author

Sean Moran

Sean Moran

Professor Moran is a chemical engineer, chartered engineer, chartered waste and environment manager with twenty-five years’ experience in process design, commissioning and troubleshooting. He started his career with international process engineering contractors and worked worldwide on water treatment projects before setting up his own consultancy in 1996, specializing in process and hydraulic design, commissioning and troubleshooting of industrial effluent and water treatment plants. Sean was until 2015 an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, where he coordinated the design teaching program for chemical engineering students. He has now returned to engineering practice, specializing in forensic engineering in commercial disputes centering on plant design issues.

Affiliations and Expertise

Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Society of Professional Engineers, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

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