Chemical Engineering Design

Chemical Engineering Design

Principles, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design

3rd Edition - July 14, 2021

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  • Authors: Gavin Towler, Ray Sinnott
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323850483
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128211793

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Chemical Engineering Design: Principles, Practice and Economics of Plant and Process Design is one of the best-known and most widely adopted texts available for students of chemical engineering. The text deals with the application of chemical engineering principles to the design of chemical processes and equipment. The third edition retains its hallmark features of scope, clarity and practical emphasis, while providing the latest US codes and standards, including API, ASME and ISA design codes and ANSI standards, as well as coverage of the latest aspects of process design, operations, safety, loss prevention, equipment selection, and more. The text is designed for chemical and biochemical engineering students (senior undergraduate year, plus appropriate for capstone design courses where taken), and professionals in industry (chemical process, biochemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical sectors).

Key Features

  • Provides students with a text of unmatched relevance for chemical process and plant design courses and for the final year capstone design course
  • Written by practicing design engineers with extensive undergraduate teaching experience
  • Contains more than 100 typical industrial design projects drawn from a diverse range of process industries


  • Includes new content covering food, pharmaceutical and biological processes and commonly used unit operations
  • Provides updates on plant and equipment costs, regulations and technical standards
  • Includes limited online access for students to Cost Engineering’s Cleopatra Enterprise cost estimating software


Chemical and biochemical engineering students taking upper level chemical engineering process design or senior capstone design courses. Professionals in industry: chemical process, biochemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical sectors

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Process Design
    1. Introduction to Design
    2. Process Flowsheet Development
    3. Utilities and Energy Efficient Design
    4. Process Simulation
    5. Instrumentation and Process Control
    6. Materials of Construction
    7. Capital Cost Estimating
    8. Estimating Revenues and Production Costs
    9. Economic Evaluation of Projects
    10. Safety and Loss Prevention
    11. General Site Considerations
    12. Optimization in Design

    Part II: Plant Design
    13. Equipment Selection, Specification and Design
    14. Design of Pressure Vessels
    15. Design of Reactors and Mixers
    16. Separation of Fluids
    17. Separation Columns (Distillation, Absorption and Extraction)
    18. Specification and Design of Solids-Handling Equipment
    19. Heat Transfer Equipment
    20. Transport and Storage of Fluids

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1040
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2021
  • Published: July 14, 2021
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323850483
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128211793

About the Authors

Gavin Towler

Gavin Towler
Gavin Towler Ph.D. 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

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell/UOP, Des Plaines, IL, USA

Ray 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

Formerly, University of Wales, Swansea, UK

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