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Process Plant Machinery - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750670814, 9780080514949

Process Plant Machinery

2nd Edition

Authors: Heinz P. Bloch Claire Soares
eBook ISBN: 9780080514949
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 3rd November 1998
Page Count: 734
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Process Plant Machinery provides the mechanical, chemical or plant engineer with the information needed to choose equipment best suited for a particular process, to determine optimum efficiency, and to conduct basic troubleshooting and maintenance procedures.

Process Plant Machinery is a unique single-source reference for engineers, managers and technical personnel who need to acquire an understanding of the machinery used in modern process plants: prime movers and power transmission machines; pumping equipment; gas compression machinery; and mixing, conveying, and separation equipment. Starting with an overview of each class, the book quickly leads the reader through practical applications and size considerations into profusely illustrated component descriptions. Where necessary, standard theory is expertly explained in shortcut formulas and graphs. Maintainability and vulnerability concerns are dealt with as well.

Key Features

Fully updated with all new equipment available Comprehensive Coverage Multi-industry relevance


Chemical and Process Engineering professionals in industry - chemical process, pharmaceutical, petrochemical etc

Table of Contents

Electric Motors and Controls; Gear Speed Transmission Equipment; Gas Turbines; Gas Engines; Mechanical Drive Steam Turbines, Turboexpanders; Centrifugal Pumps; Positive Displacement Pumps; Vacuum Pumps; Cooling Water Supply Systems; Centrifugal Compressors; Axial Flow Compressors; Propeller, Axial and Centrifugal Fans, Reciprocating Compressors; Rotating Positive Displacement Compressors; Mixers and Agitators; Internal Mixers: Single- and Twin-Screw Extruders; Conveyor-Based Processing Systems.


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About the Authors

Heinz P. Bloch

A consulting engineer residing in Montgomery, texas, Heinz. P. Bloch has held machinery-oriented staff and line positions with Exxon affiliates in the United States, Italy, Spain, England, The Netherlands, and Japan. His career spanned several decades prior to his 1986 retirement as Exxon Chemical's regional machinery specialist for the USA. Since his retirement from Exxon, he has been in demand throughout the world as a consultant and trainer in the areas of failure avoidance, root cause failure identification, and reliability improvement. Mr. Bloch is the author/co-author of thirteen books and over 200 other publications on subjects related to machinery reliability and failure avoidance. He is the Reliability and Equipment Editor of Hydrocarbon Processing magazine and has served as chair of the annual conference program for Hydrocarbon Processing's Process Plant Reliability Conference for a number of years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consulting Engineer, Montgomery, TX, USA

Claire Soares

Claire Soares is an ASME Fellow and industry consultant with more than 20 years’ experience at such leading manufacturers of gas turbines as GE and Rolls Royce. Claire is a recognized turbomachinery specialist with particular expertise in optimal design selection and specification, and ensuring long-term successful operation for a given application.

Affiliations and Expertise

Turbomachinery specialist, managing director of EMM Systems, Dallas, TX, USA


This book is an excellent resource for information on plant machinery...highly recommended for plant and process design engineers, technologists, and plant maintenance personnel. The book is easy to read, well organised and indexed. Chemical Engineering. July 2000 'provides chemical, mechanical and plant engineers with the information needed to choose equipment best suited for a particular process' Chemical Industry Digest, Feb 2001

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