An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design

1st Edition

Authors: Sean Moran
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128002421
eBook ISBN: 9780128003824
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 7th April 2015
Page Count: 390
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An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design is a guide to process plant design for both students and professional engineers.

The book covers plant layout and the use of spreadsheet programmes and key drawings produced by professional engineers as aids to design; subjects which 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

  • Explains how to deliver a process design that meets both business and safety criteria
  • Covers plant layout and the use of spreadsheet programmes and key drawings as aids to design
  • Includes a comprehensive set of selection tables, covering those aspects of professional plant design which early-career designers find most challenging 


Process Engineers and Designers. Students of process engineering, technical chemistry, plant safety.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Part 1: Practical Principles

    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1. Process Plant Design

      • Introduction
      • What is engineering?
      • What is design?
      • Engineering design
      • Project life cycle
      • Process plant design
      • Process plant versus process design
      • Academic versus professional practice
      • State of the art and best engineering practice
      • The use and abuse of computers
      • Further reading
    • Chapter 2. Stages of Process Plant Design

      • General
      • Conceptual design
      • “Conceptual design of chemical processes”
      • Front end engineering design (FEED)/basic design
      • Detailed design
      • Site redesign
      • Posthandover redesign
      • Unstaged design
      • Product engineering
      • Fast-tracking
      • Further reading
    • Chapter 3. Process Plant Design Deliverables

      • Overview
      • Design basis and philosophies
      • Specification
      • Process flow diagram (PFD)
      • Piping and instrumentation diagram
      • Functional design specification (FDS)
      • Plot plan/general arrangement/layout drawing
      • Program
      • Cost estimate
      • Equipment list/schedule
      • Datasheets
      • Safety documentation
      • Design calculations
      • Isometric piping drawings
      • Simulator output
      • Further reading
    • Chapter 4. Twenty-First Century Process Plant Design Tools

      • General
      • Use of computers by chemical engineers
      • Implications of modern design tools
      • Categories of design
      • Tools—hardware
      • Tools—software
      • Further reading
    • Chapter 5. The Future of Process Plant Design

      • Process porn
      • Will first principles design replace heuristic design in future?
      • Will proc


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About the Author

Sean Moran

Professor Moran is a Chartered Chemical Engineer 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, Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK)


"...invaluable for students and recent graduates, or their tutors or mentors...this text could become an established classic, to be continually revised in the manner of Perry’s Handbook. Rating: 4.5 Stars" --The Chemical Engineer