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Chemical engineering design and analysis : an introduction
Duncan, T. Michael.
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Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xiv, 380 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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TP155 .D74 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Students taking their first chemical engineering course plunge into the 'nuts and bolts' of mass and energy balances and often miss the broad view of what chemical engineers do. This 1998 text offers a well-paced introduction to chemical engineering. Students are first introduced to the fundamental steps in design and three methods of analysis: mathematical modeling, graphical methods, and dimensional analysis. The book then describes how to apply engineering skills, such as how to simplify calculations through assumptions and approximations; how to verify calculations, significant figures, spreadsheets, graphing (standard, semi-log and log-log); and how to use data maps. In addition, the book teaches engineering skills through the design and analysis of chemical processes and process units in order to assess product quality, economics, safety, and environmental impact. This text will help undergraduate students in chemical engineering develop engineering skills early in their studies. Lecturer's solution manual available from the publisher on request.

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Duncan and Reimer wrote this book for introductory chemical engineering courses where undergraduate students are introduced to the chemical engineering profession through the practice of engineering, with emphasis on design and analysis. The homework problems are the strength of the book. Its contents differ significantly from other chemical engineering books; many topics are introduced that are not covered in detail, such as mass balances, energy balances, chemical reactions, separations, and process economics. Mathematical modeling, graphical methods, and dimensional analysis are introduced and applied to process engineering problems. One of the book's weaknesses is its failure to include useful data such as a periodic table of the elements, physical property data, and a psychrometric chart. General readers; undergraduates; faculty; two-year technical program students. L. E. Erickson; Kansas State University

Table of Contents

1 An overview of chemical engineering
2 Process design
3 Mathematical modeling
4 Graphical analysis
5 Dimensional analysis and dynamic scaling
6 Transient systems