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Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780750678568, 9780080456447

Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers

4th Edition

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Author: Stephen Hall
Paperback ISBN: 9780750678568
eBook ISBN: 9780080456447
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 16th August 2005
Page Count: 496
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This new edition of the most complete handbook for chemical and process engineers incorporates the latest information for engineers and practitioners who depend on it as a working tool. New material explores the recent trends and updates of gas treating and fractionator computer solutions analysis. Substantial additions to this edition include a new section on gasification that reflects the many new trends and techniques in the field and a treatment on compressible fluid flow.

This convenient volume provides engineers with hundreds of common sense techniques, shortcuts, and calculations to quickly and accurately solve day-to-day design, operations, and equipment problems. Here, in a compact, easy-to-use format, are practical tips, handy formulas, correlations, curves, charts, tables, and shortcut methods that will save engineers valuable time and effort.

Key Features

  • The standard handbook for chemical and process engineers
  • All new material on pinch point analysis on networks of heat exchangers and updates on gas treating in process design and heat transfer
  • Hundreds of common sense techniques and calculations


Chemical Engineers

Table of Contents

Section One: Equipment Design
1. Fluid Flow
2. Heat Exchangers
3. Fractionators
4. Absorbers
5. Pumps
6. Compressors
7. Drivers
8. Separators/Accumulators
9. Boilers
10. Cooling Towers

Section Two: Process Design
11. Refrigeration
12. Gasification (by Chris Higman)
13. Gas Treating (updated by Chris Higman)
14. Vacuum Systems
15. Pneumatic Conveying
16. Blending

Section Three: Plant Design
17. Process Evaluation
18. Reliability
19. Metallurgy
20. Safety
21. Controls

Section Four: Operations
22. Troubleshooting
23. Startup
24. Energy Conservation
25. Shortcut Methods for Decisions
26. Process Modelling Using Linear Programming
27. Properties
28. Approximate Conversion Factors

1: Shortcut Equipment Design Methods – Overview
2: Geographic Information Systems
3: Archimedes’ Method Goes Modern
4: Process Safety Management
5 Do-it-Yourself Shortcut Methods
6: Overview for Engineering Students
7: Guidelines for Equipment Decisions
8: Process Specification Sheets


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About the Author

Stephen Hall

P.E. is consultant to chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers. His career in the chemical process industries has spanned plant design and construction, operations, and engineering contracting. He has been project designer on more than 100 projects in sectors including food, pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, heavy chemical and petrochemical installations. He has published several articles on chemical engineering topics, and is an experienced process modeling software developer.

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P.E. is consultant to chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers.


"Branan's useful and convenient handbook for chemical and process engineers (at a bargain price) will be much appreciated by students and practitioners..." --American Reference Books Annual

"...this book is a handy reference tool for preliminary designs, and has some very useful information on several aspects of plant operation." --Chemical Engineering

"Carl Branan's book provides a huge amount of valuable information on a wide variety of chemical engineering applications from sizing pipelines to economic evaluation of process options." --IChemE: Institute of Chemical Engineers)

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