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Chemical product design
Cussler, E. L.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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xvii, 229 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
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Until recently, the chemical industry has been dominated by the manufacture of bulk commodity chemicals such as benzene, ammonia, and polypropylene. However, over the last decade a significant shift occurred. Now most chemical companies devote any new resources to the design and manufacture of specialty, high value-added chemical products such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and electronic coatings. Although the jobs held by chemical engineers have also changed to reflect this altered business, their training has remained static, emphasizing traditional commodities. This ground-breaking text starts to redress the balance between commodities and higher value-added products. It expands the scope of chemical engineering design to encompass both process design and product design. The authors use a four-step procedure for chemical product design - needs, ideas, selection, manufacture - drawing numerous examples from industry to illustrate the discussion. The book concludes with a brief review of the economic issues. Chemical engineering students and beginning chemical engineers will find this text an inviting introduction to chemical product design.

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Custer (Univ. of Minnesota) and Moggridge (Univ. of Cambridge, UK) have made the first attempt to add product design to the formalized disciplines of chemical engineering. Currently, product design is considered as a process unique to each product and industry, and therefore part of the art acquired by practice. The authors divide the product design procedure into four steps: needs assessment, idea generation, selection, and manufacture. Each of these steps is discussed separately with the use of a wide range of examples. The subject is generally treated without using mathematics, though decisions are made quantitatively where possible. After an introduction and chapters on each of the procedural steps, a chapter emphasizes the difference between specialty chemical manufacture and the manufacture of commodity chemicals, and a final chapter focuses on economic concerns. The writing is clear, and the examples are interesting. Problems suitable for each chapter are collected at the end. Topics and products are indexed separately. Recommended for libraries serving the specialty chemical, pharmaceutical, food and detergent industries and their technicians. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. L. A. Wenzel Lehigh University

Table of Contents

1 An introduction to chemical product design
2 Needs
3 Ideas
4 Selection
5 Product manufacture
6 Specialty chemical manufacture
7 Economic concerns