Scaling Chemical Processes: Practical Guides in Chemical Engineering is one of a series of short texts that each provides a focused introductory view on a single subject. The full library spans the main topics in the chemical process industries for engineering professionals who require a basic grounding in various related topics. They are 'pocket publications' that the professional engineer can easily carry with them or access electronically while working. Each text is highly practical and applied, and presents first principles for engineers who need to get up to speed in a new area fast.
The focused facts provided in each guide will help you converse with experts in the field, attempt your own initial troubleshooting, check calculations, and solve rudimentary problems. This book discusses scaling chemical processes from a laboratory through a pilot plant to a commercial plant. It bases scaling on similarity principles and uses dimensional analysis to derive the dimensionless parameters necessary to ensure a successful chemical process development program. This series is fully endorsed and co-branded by the IChemE, and they help to promote the series.
- Offers practical, short, concise information on the basics to help you get an answer or teach yourself a new topic quickly
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- Discusses scaling chemical processes from a laboratory through a pilot plant to a commercial plant
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1) Introduction a) Scaling: The Heart of Chemical Engineering b) Process Development c) Laboratory Scale d) Pilot Plant Scale e) Commercial Scale
2) Similarity a) Mathematical Foundation of Scaling b) Similarity and Scaling c) Models and Dimensional Analysis d) Scaling Regimes
3) Foundation of Dimensional Analysis a) Physical Concept, Quantity, and Magnitude (Sections 3.1 and 3.2 of Dimensional Analysis) b) Foundation (Chapter 4 of Dimensional Analysis)
4) Scaling Heat Transfer Equipment a) Conduction b) Convection c) Radiation
5) Scaling Paced Bed Towers a) Discussion of Ergun Equation b) Dimensional Analysis of Gas Flow Through Packed Beds c) Dimensional Analysis of Liquid Flow Through Packed Beds
6) Scaling Chemical Reactors a) Batch Reactors b) Semi-batch Reactors c) Fixed Bed Reactors
Jonathan Worstell earned his Physics degree from Northwestern University then switched to the chemical sciences, earning an MS in Chemistry from Ball State University and a PhD in Applied Chemistry from Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Worstell worked at Eli Lilly and Company and Northwestern University Medical School prior to starting a thirty year career in the petrochemical industry. After retiring from the petrochemical industry, he began an academic career at University of Houston where he teaches senior level chemical engineering courses. Dr. Worstell also consults with several global petrochemical companies.