Chemical Engineering Design

2nd Edition

Principles, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design

Authors: Gavin Towler R K Sinnott
Hardcover ISBN: 9780080966595
eBook ISBN: 9780080966601
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 13th January 2012
Page Count: 1320
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"Bottom line: For a holistic view of chemical engineering design, this book provides as much, if not more, than any other book available on the topic" --Extract from Chemical Engineering Resources review

Chemical Engineering Design is a complete course text for students of chemical engineering. Written for the Senior Design Course, and also suitable for introduction to chemical engineering courses, it covers the basics of unit operations and the latest aspects of process design, equipment selection, plant and operating economics, safety and loss prevention. It is a textbook that students will want to keep through their undergraduate education and on into their professional lives.

Key Features

New to this edition:

  • Revised organization into Part I: Process Design, and Part II: Plant Design. The broad themes of Part I are flowsheet development, economic analysis, safety and environmental impact and optimization. Part II contains chapters on equipment design and selection that can be used as supplements to a lecture course or as essential references for students or practicing engineers working on design projects.
  • New discussion of conceptual plant design, flowsheet development and revamp design
  • Significantly increased coverage of capital cost estimation, process costing and economics
  • New chapters on equipment selection, reactor design and solids handling processes
  • New sections on fermentation, adsorption, membrane separations, ion exchange and chromatography
  • Increased coverage of batch processing, food, pharmaceutical and biological processes
  • All equipment chapters in Part II revised and updated with current information
  • Updated throughout for latest US codes and standards, including API, ASME and ISA design codes and ANSI standards
  • Additional worked examples and homework problems 
  • The most complete and up to date coverage of equipment selection
  • 108 realistic commercial design projects from diverse industries
  • A rigorous pedagogy assists learning, with detailed worked examples, end of chapter exercises, plus supporting data and Excel spreadsheet calculations plus over 150 Patent References, for downloading from the companion website
  • Extensive instructor resources: 1170 lecture slides plus fully worked solutions manual available to adopting instructors


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering students (senior undergraduate year, plus appropriate for capstone design courses where taken, plus graduates) and lecturers/tutors; professionals in industry ¬– chemical process, biochemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical sectors

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

How to Use This Book



CHAPTER 1. Introduction to Design

Key Learning Objectives

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Nature of Design

1.3 The Organization of a Chemical Engineering Project

1.4 Project Documentation

1.5 Codes and Standards

1.6 Design Factors (Design Margins)

1.7 Systems of Units

1.8 Product Design



CHAPTER 2. Process Flowsheet Development

Key Learning Objectives

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Flowsheet Presentation

2.3 The Anatomy of a Chemical Manufacturing Process

2.4 Selection, Modification, and Improvement of Commercially-Proven Processes

2.5 Revamps of Existing Plants

2.6 Synthesis of Novel Flowsheets

2.7 PFD Review

2.8 Overall Procedure for Flowsheet Development



CHAPTER 3. Utilities and Energy Efficient Design

Key Learning Objectives

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Utilities

3.3 Energy Recovery

3.4 Waste Stream Combustion

3.5 Heat-exchanger Networks

3.6 Energy Management in Unsteady Processes



CHAPTER 4. Process Simulation

Key Learning Objectives

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Process Simulation Programs

4.3 Specification of Components

4.4 Selection of Physical Property Models

4.5 Simulation of Unit Operations

4.6 User Models

4.7 Flowsheets With Recycle

4.8 Flowsheet Optimization

4.9 Dynamic Simulation



CHAPTER 5. Instrumentation and Process Control

5.1 Introduction

5.2 The P&I Diagram

5.3 Process Instrumentation and Control

5.4 Conventional Control Schemes

5.5 Alarms, Safety Trips, and


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About the Author

Gavin Towler

Gavin Towler is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of UOP LLC, a Honeywell company. UOP is a leading supplier of catalysts, process technology, proprietary equipment and services to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. In this capacity he is responsible for delivering process, catalyst and equipment innovations for UOP’s four businesses. Gavin has 20 years of broad experience of process and product design and has 65 US patents. He is co-author of “Chemical Engineering Design”, a textbook on process design, and is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, where he teaches the senior design classes. Gavin has a B.A. and M.Eng. in chemical engineering from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is a Fellow of the AIChE.

Affiliations and Expertise

Honeywell/UOP, Des Plaines, IL, USA

R K Sinnott

Ray Sinnott's varied career, mainly in design and development, began with several major companies including Dupont and John Brown. The main areas covered within these appointments were: Gas Production and Distribution, Nuclear Energy, Elastomers and Textile fibres. After his career in industry he joined the Chemical Engineering Department, University of Wales Swansea in 1970, specialising in teaching process and plant design, and other engineering practice subjects. The first edition of Chemical Engineering Design (Coulson and Richardson’s Vol 6) was published in 1983. Subsequent editions have been published at approximately 5 year intervals. Ray Sinnott retired from full time teaching in 1995 but has maintained close contact with the engineering profession.

Affiliations and Expertise

Previously of the University of Wales, Swansea, UK


"An essential support text for the traditional design product. ...Well written, it is easy to read and is superbly indexed" --Trans IChemE

 "Bottom line: For a holistic view of chemical engineering design, this book provides as much, if not more, than any other book available on the topic. Nearly every subject is accompanied by examples and new technologies are also addressed. In short, a complete, well-written and illustrated resource that is a pleasure to use." --From (Chemical Engineering Resources)

"Chemical Engineering Design is a complete text for students of chemical engineering. Written for the senior design course, and also suitable for introduction to chemical engineering courses, it covers the basics of unit operations and the latest aspects of process design, equipment selection, plant and operating economics, safety and loss prevention. It includes detailed worked examples, case studies, end-of-chapter exercises, plus supporting data, spreadsheet calculations and equipment specification sheets for downloading." --Chemical Engineering Progress

"The book was originally written by British chemical engineer Sinnott as Volume Six of the Chemical Engineering series edited by Coulson and Richardson. It was intended as a stand-alone design textbook for undergraduate design projects that would supplement the other volumes, so it was no long stretch to publish it separately in 2008. Towler (chemical engineering, Northwestern U., Illinois) helped update and revise it, and integrated US laws, codes, and standards into it. This second edition takes account of comments about strengths and weaknesses by students and instructors. It also is rearranged to fit a typical two-course senior design sequence better, focusing first on process design then on plant design." --Reference and Research Book News, Inc.