An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design

An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design

2nd Edition - June 12, 2019

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  • Author: Sean Moran
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128148600
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128148617

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An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design, 2nd edition, is a guide to process plant design for both students and professional engineers. The book covers plant layout and the use of spreadsheet programs and key drawings produced by professional engineers as aids to design; subjects that are usually learned on the job rather than in education. You 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. Professor Moran draws on over 20 years’ experience in process design to create an essential foundational book ideal for those who are new to process design, compliant with both professional practice and the IChemE degree accreditation guidelines.

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

  • 1. Process Plant Design
    2. Stages of Process Plant Design
    3. Process Plant Design Deliverables
    4. Twenty-First Century Process Plant Design Tools
    5. The Future of Process Plant Design

    Professional Practice
    6. Neglected Industries and Processes
    7. System Level Design
    8. Professional Design Methodology
    9. How to Do a Mass and Energy Balance
    10. How to Do Hydraulic Calculations

    Low Level Design
    11. How to Design and Select Plant Components and Materials
    12. How to Design and Select Unit Operations
    13. How to Cost a Design

    High Level Design
    14. How to Design a Process Control System
    15. How to Lay Out a Process Plant
    16. How to Make Sure Your Design Is Reasonably Safe and Sustainable
    17. Success Through Failure

    Advanced Design
    18. Brownfield Process Plant Design
    19. Professional Practice
    20. Beginner’s Errors to Avoid
    21. Design Optimization
    22. Developing Your Own Design Style
    23. Practical Ethics

    1: Integrated Design Example
    2: Upset Conditions Table
    3: Plant Separation Tables
    4: Checklists for Engineering Flow Diagrams 
    5: Teaching Practical Process Design
    6: Consolidated Standards

Product details

  • No. of pages: 556
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2019
  • Published: June 12, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128148600
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128148617

About the Author

Sean Moran

Sean Moran
Eur Ing Dr Seán Moran CEng is a practising chemical engineer with over thirty years of experience in process design, commissioning, and troubleshooting. He started his career with international process engineering contractors before setting up his own consultancy in 1996, specializing in process and hydraulic design for water, sewage and industrial effluent treatment plants. Sean spent several years in academia, where he held positions including a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professorship, and is a strong advocate for the overhaul of traditional university chemical engineering curricula. He is the author of three textbooks and many articles on process plant design and layout, and has an international portfolio of design and forensic engineering projects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineering Consultant, Expertise Limited, Wirksworth, UK

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