Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers

Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers

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Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers, Fifth Edition, provides solutions, common sense techniques, shortcuts, and calculations to help chemical and process engineers deal with practical on-the-job problems. It discusses physical properties for proprietary materials, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sector heuristics, and process design, along with closed-loop heat transfer systems, heat exchangers, packed columns, and structured packings.

Organized into 27 chapters, the book begins with an overview of formulae and data for sizing piping systems for incompressible and compressible flow. It then moves to a discussion of design recommendations for heat exchangers, practical equations for solving fractionation problems, along with design of reactive absorption processes. It also considers different types of pumps and presents narrative as well as tabular comparisons and application notes for various types of fans, blowers, and compressors. The book also walks the reader through the general rules of thumb for vessels, how cooling towers are sized based on parameters such as return temperature and supply temperature, and specifications of refrigeration systems. Other chapters focus on pneumatic conveying, blending and agitation, energy conservation, and process modeling. Online calculation tools, Excel workbooks, guidelines for hazardous materials and processes, and a searchable Rules of Thumb library are included.

Chemical engineers faced with fluid flow problems will find this book extremely useful.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 215.9 x 274.32 x 22.86mm | 1,260.98g
  • Butterworth-Heinemann Inc
  • Woburn, United States
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0123877857
  • 9780123877857
  • 891,534

Table of contents

1 Fluid Flow

2 Heat Exchangers

3 Fractionators

4 Absorbers

5 Pumps

6 Compressors

7 Drivers

8 Vessels

9 Boilers

10 Cooling Towers

11 Refrigeration

12 Closed Loop Heat Transfer Systems

13 Biopharmaceutical Systems

14 Vacuum Systems

15 Pneumatic Conveying

16 Blending and Agitation

17 Process Evaluation

18 Reliability

19 Metallurgy

20 Safety

21 Controls

22 Troubleshooting

23 Startup

24 Energy Conservation

25 Process Modeling

26 Approximate Conversion Factors

27 Properties

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"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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About Stephen M. 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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