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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: 2014. 56 pages. $7.99. A Conceptual Guide to Thermodynamics. By Bill Poirier. John Wiley & Sons Co. 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 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: 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: 2014. 632 pages. $120.00. Engineering Plastics. By T.R. Crompton. Smithers Rapra Publishing, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4NR, U.K. Web: 2014. 264 pages. $205.00. Distillation Control and...
May 1, 2014
Industrial Process Scale-up: A Practical Innovation Guide from Idea to Commercial Implementation. By Jan Harmsen. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman St., Waltham, MA 02144. Web: 2013. 112 pages. $64.95. Reviewed by Jim Gregory, Senior Process Engineer, Fluor, Greenville, S.C.   Jan Harmsen has written a good book on process scaleup. The book guides the project engineer on how to approach and...
March 1, 2014
An American Scientist. By Gabor A. Somorjai with Mitch Jacoby. Archway Publishing. 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Web: 2013. 250 pages. $27.95. Reviewed by Scott Jenkins, Chemical Engineering magazine, New York, N.Y.   For those working in the chemical process industries, addressing the immediacies of work makes it difficult to ponder the scientific discoveries and...
January 1, 2014
Pressure Vessels Field Manual: Common Operating Problems and Practical Solutions. By Maurice Stewart and Oran T. Lewis. Gulf Professional Publishing, 2 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1020, Houston, TX 77046. Web: 2013. 498 pages. $79.95. Reviewed by Keith Kachelhofer, Hargrave Engineers + Constructors, Savannah, Ga.   In this book, authors Maurice Stewart and Oran Lewis provide concise information...
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: 2014. 560 pages. $199.99. Reviewed by Thomas McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc., Atlanta, Ga.   Frederick Zenz, Professor Emeritus of Manhattan College (Riverdale, N.Y.;, as well as a...
September 1, 2013
Materials in Mechanical Extremes: Fundamentals and Applications. By Neil Bourne. Cambridge University Press, 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013. Web: 2013. 539 pages. $155.00.         Experimental Methods and Instrumentation for Chemical Engineers. By Gregory Patience. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02144. Web: 2013. 416 pages...
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: 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: 2013. 576 pages. $69.95. ...
May 1, 2013
Fundamentals of Automatic Process Control. By Utpal Chaudhuri and Uttam Chaudhuri. CRC Press Inc., Taylor & Francis Group. 6000 Broken Sound Parkway, #300, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Web: 2012. 303 pages. $139.95. Reviewed by Douglas White, Emerson Process Management, Houston, Tex.  Professors Uttam Ray Chaudhuri from Calcutta University (Kolkata, India; and Uptal Ray...
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: 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: 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: 2012. 864 pages. $150.00   Gas and Oil...
November 1, 2012
Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability. By Heinz P. Bloch and Fred K. Geitner. McGraw-Hill. 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Web: 2012. 268 pages. $50.00.   Reviewed by Amin Almasi, WorleyParsons Services Pty. Ltd., Australia   Large numbers of compressors fail in CPI (chemical process industries) plants every year, with some experiencing...
September 1, 2012
Reviewed by David Hill, Chemstations Inc., Houston   The authors of this text are leaders in chemical engineering thermodynamics. Based on their status, I recommended this book in a blog entry before even seeing a review copy — and I’m glad I did. The book is aimed at both students and professionals who work with process simulators. It assumes a prior understanding of thermodynamics, and...
July 1, 2012
Gas Turbine Engineering Handbook. 4th ed. By Meherwan P. Boyce. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA. Web: 2011. 1,000 pages. $150.00. Reviewed by Amin Almasi, Rotating machine consultant Brisbane, Australia Gas turbines are cornerstones of modern industry and are widely used in the chemical process industries (CPI). New developments have increased the number of...
May 1, 2012
Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science. By Sue V. Rosser. New York University Press. Washington Square, New York, NY 10003. Web: 2012. 249 pages. $35.00. African American Women Chemists. By Jeannette Brown. Oxford University Press Inc., 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 100016 Web: 2011. 264 pages. $35.00. Reviewed by Lacey Baggett, PX2 TAR Superintendent, BP...
March 1, 2012
Forsthoffer’s Best Practice Handbook for Rotating Machinery. By William Forsthoffer. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: 2011. 672 pages. $295.00. Reviewed by Amin Almasi, Rotating machinery consultant, Brisbane, Australia   Rotating machines require expertise and precision that is often lacking among those responsible for operating and...
January 1, 2012
                         Forsthoffer’s Best Practice Handbook for Rotating Machinery. By William Forsthoffer. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA. Web: 2011. 672 pages. $295.00. Update on Silica-based Mesoporous Materials for Biomedical Applications. By Luigi Pasqua. iSmithers...
November 1, 2011
  Combustion and Incineration Processes: Applications in Environmental Engineering. 4th ed. By Walter R. Niessen. CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, 6000 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Web: 2011. 800 pages. Reviewed by Thomas F. McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc., Atlanta, Ga.  Walter Niessen’s book has a place as one of the seminal works for...
September 1, 2011
Reviewed by Ronnie Montgomery, Kvaerner America, Houston Those of us who have been challenged by the complexities of process-control-loop strategies can appreciate the in-depth knowledge and experience that Myke King has shared with us in this text. This book provides an excellent guideline for engineers and technicians who are responsible for selecting the monitoring and control devices that are typical...
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