Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers

Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers

4th Edition - August 16, 2005

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  • Author: Stephen Hall
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080456447

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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


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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2005
  • Published: August 16, 2005
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080456447

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.

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