Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers : A manual of quick, accurate solutions to everyday process engineering problems Third Edition Edited by Carl R. Branan.
This convenient volume helps solve field engineering problems with its hundreds of common sense techniques, shortcuts, and calculations. 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. Hundreds of common sense techniques and calculations help users quickly and accurately solve day-to-day design, operations, and equipment problems.
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The most complete guide of its kind, this is the standard handbook for chemical and process engineers. All new material on fluid flow, long pipe, fractionators, separators and accumulators, cooling towers, gas treating, blending, troubleshooting field cases, gas solubility, and density of irregular solids. This substantial addition of material will also include conversion tables and a new appendix, “Shortcut Equipment Design Methods.
Some Reviews From Who Read This Book:
⏩This book is an excellent and priceless reference on Process Equipment Fundamentals and Quick Calculations for any engineer or practitioner working in the process industries. I am an Electronic Engineer, but I have been working for the last 16 years as an Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control Engineer for the Oil & Gas Industry. As a result I have been involved with Chemical Engineering issues in a day to day basic.
I have found this book to be an excellent tool aid to analyze operational problems that affect process performance. Chemical engineers working in operations and design for the process industries will find this book most useful.
⏩This book is a work horse. It is extremly practical and to the point. Important concepts and design equations are laid out in a concise and easy to read format. This book noteworthy for the depth of the material covered and the incredibly succint delivery of that information.
⏩This is one of the few MUST HAVE books for Chemical Engineers doing process engineering. When I travel (for work) I always take “Transport Phenomena” (aka BSL), The GPA Databook and “Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers”. Rules of Thumb… is a great reference for process design and trouble shooting field problems.
A Practical Tip: The best thing to do with “Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers” is to carefuly remove the binding and put it into a 3-hole notebook (e.g., the GPA databook) and then file all the classic process design articles with the appropriate chapters.
⏩This is a 400+ page perfect-bound book, packed with tips and short cuts for practicing chemical engineers. Branan has essentially scoured the popular press (e.g, Chemical Engineering Magazine, Hydrocarbon Processing, etc.) for articles and data. He’s captured that data and organized it into his volume. In so doing, he omits most of the explanatory text and derivations. Instead, he prints the actual data, formulas, recommendations, and definitions (and, of course, references to the source material). This makes for a highly accessible book with tremendous practical value.
There are four main sections: 1) equipment design, 2) process design, 3) plant design, and 4) operations.
For example, one of the chapters within plant design is called “Safety.” It contains the following parts: – Estimating LEL and Flash (provides method for estimating LEL given the stoichiometry of combustion and a vapor pressure curve) – Tank Blanketing (method for determining inert gas requirements for breathing losses and working losses; includes data maps of the US) – Equipment Purging (for dilution, pressure-cycle, and vacuum-cycle purging) – Static Charge from Fluid Flow (reprint of an article from Hydrocarbon Processing) – Mixture Flammability (method and examples for estimating) – Relief Manifolds (describes method adopted by API)
In short, if you are practicing process engineering for plant design or maintenance, you should have this book.
Table Of Contents:
SECTION ONE: Equipment Design
1: Fluid Flow.
2: Heat Exchangers
10: Cooling Towers
SECTION TWO: Process Design
12: Gas Treating
13: VaCUUm systems
14: Pneumatic Conveying
SECTION THREE: Plant Design
16: Process Evaluation
SECTION FOUR: Operations
21 : Troubleshooting
23: Energy Conservation
24: Process Modeling Using Linear Programming.
26: Approximate Conversion Factors
Appendix 1: Shortcut Equipment Design Methods.0verview.
Appendix 2: Geographic Information Systems.
Appendix 3: Internet Ideas.
Appendix 4: Process Safety Management.
Appendix 5: Do-It-Yourself Shortcut Methods.
Appendix 6: Overview for Engineering Students.
Appendix 7: Modern Management Initiatives.
Appendix 8: Process Specification Sheets.
⏩Edition: 3rd Edition
⏩Author: Carl R. Branan
⏩Puplisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
⏩Puplication Date: November 6, 2002
⏩Size: 18.2 MB
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