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July 1, 2011
Pump Wisdom: Problem Solving for Operators and Specialists By Heinz P. Bloch. John Wiley & Sons Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2011. 224 pages. $49.95. Reviewed by Stanley S. Grossel, Process safety and design consultant, Clifton, N.J. Despite their ubiquity in the chemical process industries (CPI), process pumps fail catastrophically each year in large numbers. The author..."Pump-Wisdom"-book-reviewed-by-consultant-Grossel_8154.html
May 1, 2011
Many books have been aimed at would-be entrepreneurs interested in starting companies. All address the myriad of complex issues that aspiring entrepreneurs must address to transform a promising idea into a full-fledged business. The contents of this book provide a sobering overview of the biotechnology business for any aspiring biotech entrepreneur While all new businesses must address the same core issues...
March 1, 2011
This book examines global patent law as it affects the chemical, biological and pharmaceutical industries. Rather than taking a legal case-study approach, it provides a practical discussion of everyday issues and decisions faced by global patent practitioners in these complex industry segments. Focusing mainly on the patent systems in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, the five-section book effectively summarizes...
January 1, 2011
      Interpolation and Regression Models for the Chemical Engineer: Solving Numerical Problems. By Guido Buzzi-Ferraris and Flavio Manenti. Wiley-VCH, Boschstrasse 12 69469 Weinheim, Germany. Web: 2010. 442 pages. $130.00. Reviewed by Francis McConville, Impact Technology Development, Lincoln, Mass. Numerical analysis of data, mathematical modeling and statistical design of...
November 1, 2010
Municipal Solid Waste to Energy Conversion Processes: Economic, Technical and Renewable Comparisons. By Gary C. Young. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2010. 384 pages. $89.95. Reviewed by Tom McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc. Atlanta, Ga. This book on converting municipal solid waste (MSW) to energy focuses on new developments in the area, with an emphasis on plasma...
September 1, 2010
Ludwig's Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants, 4th ed., Vol. 2. By A. Kayode Coker. Elsevier Inc. The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, U.K. Web: 2010. 961 pages. $223.00. Reviewed by Kamal Shah, Aker Solutions, Houston The comprehensive and practical fourth edition of “Ludwig’s Vol. 2” is written as a process design manual for the...
July 1, 2010
Computational Techniques for Multi-Phase Flows. By Guan H. Yeoh and Jiyuan Tu. Butterworth-Heinemann. 30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: 2009. 664 pages. $130.00. Reviewed by Simon Lo CD-adapco, Didcot, U.K. This guide effectively covers many complex topics associated with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), multiphase flow turbulence, numerical methods and multiphase flows..."Computational-Techniques-for-Multi-phase-Flows"_5787.html
May 1, 2010
Could facilities planning become a new paradigm in chemical engineering?     Engineering has long been enriched by applying science, mathematics and other fields to industrial pursuits. Chemical engineering began as an offshoot of industrial chemistry and mechanical engineering. Unit processes, unit operations, thermodynamics and chemical kinetics are among the paradigms that helped define the...
March 1, 2010
Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering. By David Douglas, Greg Papadopoulos and John Boutelle. Prentice Hall, One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Web: 2009. 292 pages. $27.00. Reviewed by Arthur Schwartz, National Society of Professional Engineers, Alexandria, Va. Numerous works about the professional practice of engineering have been written..."Citizen-Engineer"_5478.html
January 1, 2010
The Nalco Water Handbook, 3rd ed. By Daniel Flynn. McGraw Hill Co., 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10121. Web: 2009. 1,280 pages. $125.00. Reviewed by Brad Buecker,technical support specialist AEC PowerFlow, Kansas City, Mo. The third edition of Nalco’s comprehensive manual on water and water treatment is an effective replacement to the previous version as well...
November 1, 2009
Biomass and Alternate Fuel Systems: An Engineering and Economic Guide. Edited by Thomas F. McGowan. John Wiley and Sons Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2009. 264 pages. $89.95 Reviewed by Thomas B. Reed, The Biomass Energy Foundation, Franktown, Colo. Biomass and wood are sleepers in the alternate energy field. While wind and sun provide transient sources of energy, the...
September 1, 2009
Guidelines for Chemical Transportation Safety, Security, and Risk Management, 2nd Edition. By the Center for Chemical Process Safety/AIChE. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2008. 166 pages. $125.00 Reviewed by: Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety & Design Consultant, Clifton, N.J. Hazardous chemical transport poses significant public health and environmental...
July 1, 2009
Advanced Membrane Technologies and Applications Edited by Norman N. Li. Wiley. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2008. 994 pages. $150.00. Reviewed by Peter S. Cartwright, Cartwright Consulting Co., Minneapolis, Minn. The crossflow-pressure-driven membrane separation technologies of microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis have been commercially available for...
May 1, 2009
Hazards of Oil Refining Distillation Units. By BP International Ltd. (BP Process Safety Series). Institution of Chemical Engineers, Davis Building, Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HQ, U.K. Web: 2008. 81 pages, £27. Reviewed by Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety & Design, Inc., Clifton, N.J. This booklet was written as a reference tool for operators, engineers and technicians working on...
March 1, 2009
Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps. By Robert X. Perez. Xlibris Corp. 436 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19101. Web: 2008. 196 pages. $50.99. Reviewed by Heinz P. Bloch, Process Machinery Consulting, West Des Moines, Iowa It is important for reliability professionals to have easy access to a rather extensive library of technical books. There are certainly more than a dozen different...
January 1, 2009
Patent Savvy for Managers. By Kirk Teska. Nolo, 950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710-2524. Web: 2007. 278 pages, $29.99 Reviewed by Charles R. Richard, Patent Attorney, Washington, D.C. The book I am reviewing here is one in a series of Nolo guides geared toward non-lawyers on various legal topics and their aspects. I must caution readers that although this book provides some...
November 1, 2008
NanoEthics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology. Edited by Fritz Allhoff, Patrick Lin, James Moor, John Weckert. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. 2007. 385 pages, $39.95, paperback. Reviewed by Christopher M. Kelty, Department of History of Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. This book is a collection of essays covering a very wide range of issues...
September 15, 2008
Handbook of Chemical Technology and Pollution Control. Third Edition. By Martin B. Hocking. 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: 2006. 830 pages, $95.95. Reviewed by V. N. Lad, S. V. National Institute of Technology, Gujarat, India Sustainable development that incorporates energy efficient production practices and environmentally friendly process design are responsibilities...
July 15, 2008
Ludwig’s Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants Volume 1, Fourth edition. By A. Kayode Coker. Elsevier, 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: 1,024 pages, $150.00 Reviewed by Philip Leckner, Senior Process Engineer, CH2M Hill, Somerset, N.J. This fourth edition of Volume One in the late Ernest E. Ludwig’s series of books on applied process...
May 15, 2008
Machinery Failure Analysis Handbook: Sustain Your Operations and Maximize Uptime, by Luiz Otavio Amaral Affonso, Gulf Publishing Company, 2 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1020, Houston, TX 77046. Web: 2006. 300 pages. $155.00. Reviewed by Mike Safoniuk, British Colombia Institute of Technology, Power Engineering Group, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada Project Management Toolkit: The Basics for Project...
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