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The Chemical Engineer's Book Corner
Author(s): R. K. Sinnott
Summary: "Chemical Engineering Volume 6: Chemical Engineering Design" covers a wide variety of chemical engineering design topics ranging from flowsheeting to plant site location and everything in between. The organization is the result of a third edition that seems to have taken reader feedback to heart. Although no singular book can cover the design procedures for every piece of process equipment, the most common items are addressed well and with abundent resources being sited, you can easily get a push in the right direction to help you find exactly what you need.
The book is divided into the following main
It's worth mentioning that the appendix includes information such as graphical process flow symbols, corrosion charts, physical properties, conversion factors, flanges standards, design projects, equipment specification sheets, and tube-sheet layouts for shell and tube exchangers.
Layout: The book is spaced is such a manner that finding broken out examples is fast and easy. The use of graphics and flowsheets to enhance the understanding of key concepts is very helpful. The books includes both an author and subject index.
From the Book:
Highs: A very comprehensive resource that addresses points missing from other design books. The portion on the mechanical design of process equipment is particularily timely and often missing from the chemical engineer's knowledge base.
Lows: The sample computer programs are still being presented in BASIC and the design projects are certainly not the best ones available for students studying chemical engineering.
Overall: For a design engineer, process engineer responsible for debottlenecking, or a senior level chemical engineering student this book scores big and will be very helpful. The book is easy to use and addresses a wide variety of topics. The author's ability to tie the subject matter to the "real" industrial world is quite an asset. However, professors looking for good design project assignments should keep looking.
Rating: (out of four stars)