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November 1, 2014
Creating and Leading a High-Performance Chemical Plant. By Bob Gilbert. Tate Publishing & Enterprises LLC, 127 East Trade Center Terrace, Mustang, OK,73064. Web: tatepublishing.com. 2014. 56 pages. $7.99. A Conceptual Guide to Thermodynamics. By Bill Poirier. John Wiley & Sons Co. 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: wiley.com. 2014. 184 pages. $50.00. Distillation: Fundamentals and...
September 1, 2014
Bioenergy Research: Advances and Applications. By Vijai K. Gupta, Maria G. Tuohy, Christian Kubicek, Jack Saddler and Feng Xu. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02451. Web: elsevier.com. 2014. 500 pages. $149.95. Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics: Transport and Rate Processes in Physical, Chemical and Biological Systems. 3rd ed. By Yasar Demirel. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA...
July 1, 2014
Process Heat Transfer: Principles, Applications and Rules of Thumb. 2nd ed. By Robert Serth and Thomas Lestina. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02144. Web: elsevier.com. 2014. 632 pages. $120.00. Engineering Plastics. By T.R. Crompton. Smithers Rapra Publishing, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4NR, U.K. Web: smithersrapra.com. 2014. 264 pages. $205.00. Distillation Control and...
November 1, 2013
Fluid Dynamics and Scale-up in Process Engineering: Theory and Logic in Practice. By Frederick A. Zenz. Analogies in Matters of Science (AIMS), P.O. Box 49, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Web: pemmcorp.com. 2014. 560 pages. $199.99. Reviewed by Thomas McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc., Atlanta, Ga. Frederick Zenz, Professor Emeritus of Manhattan College (Riverdale, N.Y.; www.manhattan.com), as well as a...
July 1, 2013
Distillation Design and Control Using Aspen Simulation. 2nd ed. By William Luyben. John Wiley & Sons Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: wiley.com. 2013. 489 pages. $130.00. Engineering Material 2: An Introduction to Microstructures and Processing. 4th ed. By D.R. Jones and Michael Ashby, Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02144, Web: elsevier.com. 2013. 576 pages. $69.95. ...
March 1, 2013
Bob Katin, chairman of the California Government Relations Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and president of the California Legislative Council of Professional Engineers (CLCPE), is a persistent man. For more than 20 years he has fought to change the California Professional Engineers Act (PE Act) so that chemical engineers would have parity with civil engineers. In the...
March 1, 2013
Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting: Practical Machinery Management for Process Plants. 4th ed. By Fred Geitner and Heinz Bloch. Elsevier Ltd., The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, U.K.. Web: elsevier.com. 2012. 743 pages. $139.95. Thermal Methods of Polymer Processing. By T.R. Crompton. iSmithers Rapra Publishing, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 4NR, U.K. Web...
January 1, 2013
Sustainable Energy Management. By Mirjana Golusin, Stevan Popov and Sinasa Dodic. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA. 02451. Web: elsevier.com. 2013. 436 pages. $79.95. Chemical Process Equipment: Selection and Design, 3rd ed. By James Couper, W. Roy Penney and James Fair. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA. 02451. Web: elsevier.com. 2012. 864 pages. $150.00 Gas and Oil...
December 1, 2012
What we look for Practical information. First and foremost, our readers look to us for practical information. These individuals want concise factual information that aids in solving real problems. They do not look to us for abstract theoretical treatises, vague general discussions or reviews of previously published material. In other words, we prefer and accept “how to” articles rather than...
September 1, 2012
Last month, we ran a letter from reader, Jason Makansi, commenting on our June story, Chemical Engineering Education Evolution ( Chem. Eng., June 2012, pp. 22–25), which highlighted, among other things, the need for a more-meaningful connection between academia and industry. Makansi’s letter was passionate in itself, expressing frustration at the slow pace of progress over the past 30 years or...
September 1, 2012
Re: Education needs a reality check... I would like to pass on a few comments on Jason Makansi’s letter titled “Education needs a reality check”, which appeared in the August 2012 edition (p. 6). I too, like Jason, began my now 36-year career not knowing which way to turn a valve but being fully trained in transport phenomena. Did my university fail me? No. My university’s ChE...
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