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Chemical Engineering Explained: Basic Concepts for Novices Author: David Shallcross


About this book

Written for those less comfortable with science and mathematics, this text introduces the major chemical engineering topics for non-chemical engineers. With a focus on the practical rather than the theoretical, the reader will obtain a foundation in chemical engineering that can be applied directly to the workplace. By the end of this book, the user will be aware of the major considerations required to safely and efficiently design and operate a chemical processing facility.

Simplified accounts of traditional chemical engineering topics are covered in the first two-thirds of the book, and include: materials and energy balances, heat and mass transport, fluid mechanics, reaction engineering, separation processes, process control and process equipment design. The latter part details modern topics, such as biochemical engineering and sustainable development, plus practical topics of safety and process economics, providing the reader with a complete guide.

Case studies are included throughout, building a real-world connection. These case studies form a common thread throughout the book, motivating the reader and offering enhanced understanding. Further reading directs those wishing for a deeper appreciation of certain topics.

This book is ideal for professionals working with chemical engineers, and decision makers in chemical engineering industries. It will also be suitable for chemical engineering courses where a simplified introductory text is desired.

Book content

  • Introducing Processes
  • Working With Units
  • Chemistry Basics
  • Material and Energy Balances
  • Phase Behaviour
  • Heat and Mass Transport
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Separation Processes
  • Processes Instrumentation and Control
  • Process Equipment Design
  • Particle Mechanics
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Safety
  • Sustainable Development
  • Process Economics
  • Process Plant Design
  • Operations
  • The Methanol Plant