Scaling Chemical Processes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128046357, 9780128047699

Scaling Chemical Processes

1st Edition

Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering

Authors: Jonathan Worstell
eBook ISBN: 9780128047699
Paperback ISBN: 9780128046357
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 14th June 2016
Page Count: 186
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Scaling Chemical Processes: Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering is one of a series of short texts that each provides a focused introductory view on a single subject. The full library spans the main topics in the chemical process industries for engineering professionals who require a basic grounding in various related topics. They are ‘pocket publications’ that the professional engineer can easily carry with them or access electronically while working. Each text is highly practical and applied, and presents first principles for engineers who need to get up to speed in a new area fast.

The focused facts provided in each guide will help you converse with experts in the field, attempt your own initial troubleshooting, check calculations, and solve rudimentary problems. This book discusses scaling chemical processes from a laboratory through a pilot plant to a commercial plant. It bases scaling on similarity principles and uses dimensional analysis to derive the dimensionless parameters necessary to ensure a successful chemical process development program. This series is fully endorsed and co-branded by the IChemE, and they help to promote the series.

Key Features

  • Offers practical, short, concise information on the basics to help you get an answer or teach yourself a new topic quickly
  • Includes industry examples to help you solve real world problems
  • Provides key facts for professionals in convenient single subject volumes
  • Discusses scaling chemical processes from a laboratory through a pilot plant to a commercial plant


Practicing engineers (primarily chemical engineers) who need to quickly learn key facts about a topic. Specific audience will be different for each short format.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Process Scaling
    • Similarity
    • Models
    • Dimensional Analysis and Models
    • Summary
    • References
  • Chapter 2. Dimensional Analysis
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Physical Concept, Physical Quantity, and Dimension
    • Equations and Physical Magnitude
    • Systems of Units
    • Developing Dimensional Analysis
    • Dimension as a Power Law
    • Dimensional Homogeneity
    • Matrix Formulation of Dimensional Analysis
    • Identifying Variables for Dimensional Analysis
    • Summary
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Control Regime
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Control Regimes for Heat Transfer
    • Control Regimes for Gas–Liquid Semibatch Processes
    • Control Regimes for Immiscible Liquid–Liquid Semibatch Processes
    • Control Regimes for Fixed-Bed Reactors
    • Summary
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Scaling Fluid Flow
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • General Fluid Flow Characteristics
    • Scaling Water Flow in Smooth Pipe
    • Scaling Fluid Flow in a Circular Pipe
    • Scaling Centrifugal Pumps
    • Fluid Flow Through a Packed Bed
    • Summary
    • References
  • Chapter 5. Scaling Heat Transfer
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Heated, Uninsulated Storage Tank
    • Heated, Insulated Batch Mixer
    • Heat Exchangers
    • Summary
    • References
  • Chapter 6. Scaling Chemical Reactors
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • First-Order, Homogeneous Batch Reaction
    • First-Order, Homogeneous Batch Reaction With Agitation
    • First-Order, Homogeneous Reaction in a Plug-Flow Reactor
    • Scaling Adiabatic Fixed-Bed Reactors
    • Summary
    • References


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About the Author

Jonathan Worstell

Jonathan Worstell

Jonathan Worstell earned his Physics degree from Northwestern University then switched to the chemical sciences, earning an MS in Chemistry from Ball State University and a PhD in Applied Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Worstell worked at Eli Lilly and Company and Northwestern University Medical School prior to starting a thirty year career in the petrochemical industry. After retiring from the petrochemical industry, he began an academic career at University of Houston where he teaches senior level chemical engineering courses. Dr. Worstell also consults with several global petrochemical companies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Shell Chemical Company, Houston, TX, USA

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