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Process Engineering and Design Using Visual Basic®

2nd Edition

By Arun Datta

CRC Press

640 pages | 172 B/W Illus.

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Description

Software tools are a great aid to process engineers, but too much dependence on such tools can often lead to inappropriate and suboptimal designs. Reliance on software is also a hindrance without a firm understanding of the principles underlying its operation, since users are still responsible for devising the design.

In Process Engineering and Design Using Visual Basic, Arun K. Datta provides a unique and versatile suite of programs along with simultaneous development of the underlying concepts, principles, and mathematics. Each chapter details the theory and techniques that provide the basis for design and engineering software and then showcases the development and utility of programs developed using the material outlined in the chapter. This all-inclusive guide works systematically from basic mathematics to fluid mechanics, separators, overpressure protection, and glycol dehydration, providing basic design guidelines based on international codes. Worked examples demonstrate the utility of each program, while the author also explains problems and limitations associated with the simulations.

After reading this book you will be able to immediately put these programs into action and have total confidence in the result, regardless of your level of experience. Companion Visual Basic and Excel files are available for download on under the "Downloads/Updates" tab on this web page.

Reviews

"Many books for chemical engineers have been written from an academic point of view and are intensely theoretical. Process Engineering and Design Using Visual Basic®, Second Edition by Arun Datta demonstrates that it has been written by someone who not only has a comprehensive theoretical understanding of the chemical engineering principles which are important for guiding the design engineer, but also has the authority of a practicing professional who is current in the field of process engineering. It has the bonus of … a number of programs which can be used to check other programs that may be available for design and rating."

––Anthony Buckley, Chemical Engineer, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Table of Contents

Basic Mathematics

Introduction

Physical constants

Mensuration

Algebra

Trigonometry

Analytical geometry

Calculus

Differential equations

Partial differential equations

Numerical analysis

Unit conversions

Programming

References

Thermodynamics

Introduction

Heat, work, and energy

First law of thermodynamics

Phase rule

Reversible process

Heat content or enthalpy

Heat capacity at constant volume and constant pressure

Isothermal process

Adiabatic process

Equation of state

Second law of thermodynamics

Thermodynamic properties

Flash calculation

Programming

Nomenclature

Greek characters

References

Fluid Mechanics

Introduction

Bernoulli’s theorem

Flow measurements

Frictional pressure drop

Two-K method

Hydraulics: General guidelines

Hydraulics: Compressible fluids

Heat loss

Hydraulics: Two-phase flow

Programming

Nomenclature

Greek characters

References

Heat Transfer

Introduction

Conductive heat transfer

Heat conduction through a composite wall

Heat conduction through multiple cylindrical walls

Heat conduction through the wall of a sphere

Multidimensions steady-state heat conduction

One-dimensional unsteady heat conduction

Thermal conductivity of various materials/components

Thermal conductivities of hydrocarbon liquids

Convective heat transfer

Estimation of pressure drop

Log mean temperature difference

Overall heat-transfer coefficient

Radiation heat transfer

Double-pipe heat exchanger

Heat exchanger specification

Batch heating and cooling

Heat transfer in agitated vessels

Minimum metal temperature during depressuring operation

Programming

Nomenclature

Subscripts

Greek

References

Distillation

Introduction

Relative volatility

Vapor–liquid equilibrium

Raoult's law: Ideal solutions

Material balance for two-component systems

McCabe–Thiele method

Smoker equations

Approximate column sizing

Tray efficiency

Column hydraulics and design

Tray pressure drop

Height equivalent to theoretical plate

Entrainment

Weeping and dumping

Programming

References

Separators

Introduction

General principles of separation

Vertical vs. horizontal separators

Design of a gas–liquid separator

Design of liquid–liquid separators

Mist eliminator

General dimensions and setting of levels

Separator internals

Separator control

High-performance separator

Design parameters

Separator program

Nomenclature

Greek characters

References

Overpressure Protection

Introduction

Definition

Types of pressure relief valves

Selection of pressure relief valves

PRV installation and line sizing

Contingency quantification

Sizing procedure

SIL analysis

Programming

Nomenclature

Greek characters

References

Glycol Dehydration

Introduction

Basic scheme

Physical properties

Design aspects

Programming

References

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI013060
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Industrial & Technical
TEC020000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Manufacturing