Chemical Process Equipment

3rd Edition

Selection and Design

Authors: James R. Couper W. Roy Penney James R. Fair, PhD
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123969590
eBook ISBN: 9780123972361
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 19th September 2012
Page Count: 864
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Chemical Process Equipment is a results-oriented reference for engineers who specify, design, maintain or run chemical and process plants. This book delivers information on the selection, sizing and operation of process equipment in a format that enables quick and accurate decision making on standard process and equipment choices, saving time, improving productivity, and building understanding. Coverage emphasizes common real-world equipment design rather than experimental or esoteric and focuses on maximizing performance.

Key Features

  • Legacy reference for chemical and related engineers who work with vendors to design, specify and make final equipment selection decisions
  • Copious examples of successful applications, with supporting schematics and data to illustrate the functioning and performance of equipment
  • Provides equipment rating forms and manufacturers’ data, worked examples, valuable shortcut methods, and rules of thumb to demonstrate and support the design process
  • Heavily illustrated with line drawings and schematics to aid understanding, as well as graphs and tables to illustrate performance data


Chemical and process engineers. Industrial and plant engineers

Table of Contents


Preface to the Third Edition

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition


0. Rules of Thumb: Summary

Compressors and Vacuum Pumps

Conveyors for Particulate Solids

Cooling Towers

Crystallization From Solution


Distillation and Gas Absorption

Drivers and Power Recovery Equipment

Drying of Solids


Extraction, Liquid-Liquid


Fluidization of Particles with Gases

Heat Exchangers


Mixing and Agitation

Particle Size Enlargement





Size Separation of Particles

Utilities: Common Specifications

Vessels (Drums)

Vessels (Pressure)

Vessels (Storage Tanks)

Membrane Separations

Materials of Construction



1. Introduction

1.1 Process Design

1.2 Equipment

1.3 Categories of Engineering Practice

1.4 Sources of Information for Process Design

1.5 Codes, Standards, and Recommended Practices

1.6 Material and Energy Balances

1.7 Economic Balance

1.8 Design Safety Factors

1.9 Safety of Plant and Environment

1.10 Steam and Power Supply

1.11 Design Basis

1.12 Laboratory and Pilot Plant Work

Other Sources of Information

1.1 Process Design

1.2 Process Equipment

2. Flowsheets

2.1 Block Flowsheets

2.2 Process Flowsheets

2.3 Process and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID)

2.4 Utility Flowsheets

2.5 Drawing of Flowsheets


3. Process Control

3.1 The Feedback Control Loop

3.2 Control Loop Performance and Tuning Procedures

3.3 Single Stream Control

3.4 Unit Operation


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About the Author

James R. Couper

James R. Couper, D.Sc. is Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Unviersity of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA

W. Roy Penney

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA

James R. Fair, PhD

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical Engineering, UT Austin, USA


"They guide especially new engineers in the design and specification of equipment in preparation for buying it, providing only the material they and their collaborators have found of practical use." --Reference and Research Book News, December 2012