Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers

Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers

6th Edition - October 30, 2017

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  • Author: Stephen Hall
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128110379
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128110386

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Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers, Sixth Edition, is the most complete guide for chemical and process engineers who need reliable and authoritative solutions to on-the-job problems. The text is comprehensively revised and updated with new data and formulas. The book helps solve process design problems quickly, accurately and safely, with hundreds of common sense techniques, shortcuts and calculations. Its concise sections detail the steps needed to answer critical design questions and challenges. The book discusses physical properties for proprietary materials, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sector heuristics, process design, closed-loop heat transfer systems, heat exchangers, packed columns and structured packings. This book will help you: save time you no longer have to spend on theory or derivations; improve accuracy by exploiting well tested and accepted methods culled from industry experts; and save money by reducing reliance on consultants. The book brings together solutions, information and work-arounds from engineers in the process industry.

Key Features

  • Includes new chapters on biotechnology and filtration
  • Incorporates additional tables with typical values and new calculations
  • Features supporting data for selecting and specifying heat transfer equipment


Chemical and Process Engineers, Industrial and Plant Engineers, Project Managers, Technical Services Engineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Fluid Flow
    2. Heat Exchangers
    3. Fractionators
    4. Absorbers
    5. Pumps
    6. Fans, Blowers and Compressors
    7. Drivers
    8. Vessels
    9. Boilers
    10. Cooling Towers
    11. Refrigeration
    12. Closed Loop Heat Transfer Systems
    13. Biopharmaceutical Systems
    14. Biotechnology
    15. Vacuum Systems
    16. Pneumatic Conveying
    17. Lending and Agitation
    18. Filtration
    19. Process Evaluation
    20. Reliability
    21. Metallurgy
    22. Safety
    23. Controls
    24. Troubleshooting
    25. Startup
    26. Energy Conservation
    27. Process Modeling
    28. Conversion Factors and Constants
    29. Properties

Product details

  • No. of pages: 516
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: October 30, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128110379
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128110386

About the Author

Stephen Hall

Stephen Hall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (1974). His career in the chemical process industries includes jobs for manufacturers and engineering contractors, where he has designed portions of more than 100 projects. Much of his work has been for food, pharmaceutical, or specialty chemical (i.e., batch chemical process) clients, but he has also designed systems for heavy chemical and petrochemical installations. He has published several articles on chemical engineering topics, and writes computer software (

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Process Engineer for Genesis Engineers, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania

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