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Distillation Design Hardcover – February 1, 1992

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ISBN-13: 978-0070349094 ISBN-10: 0070349096 Edition: 1st

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"Every practicing chemical engineer working in or for the process industries, including those who specialize in fractionation and, most certainly, those who do not, should find "Distillation Design" invaluable. ... The content is so totally complete and the presentation is so refreshingly down-to-earth, this book, in many ways, is the best to come along in more than a generation. ... The discussion of new products is astonishingly comprehensive." -- Chemical Engineering Progress, 5/92

"This book is a worthy sequel to the author's previous excellent book Distillation Operation. It is a very impressive work covering almost all aspects of process equipment design procedures for distillation columns." -- Chemical Engineering, 10/92

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  • Hardcover: 710 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (February 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070349096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070349094
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dirk J. Willard on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This one book, and its brother, "Distillation Operations," seem to capture all the theoretical and empirical knowledge of vapor-liquid separation in two tidy volumes. I just don't see how Henry Kister can top this with his new book, "Distillation Troubleshooting." Donald Schneider wrote an excellent review of this book for Amazon. When you buy "Distillation Design" take "Distillation Operations" as well. If you must choose, pick "Distillation Operations." However, if you do, you will miss some excellent design information. "Distillation Operations" describes several mis-steps in commissioning and operating columns.

"Distillation Design" is divided into tray columns and packed columns. Each section begins with theoretical development and ends with empirical data. Where else can you expect to find methods to compare different random packing or estimates for stage height? As an engineer experienced in packed tower design, I found his descriptions of different classes of packing very useful. He took the point of view of a historian on this subject allowing the reader to follow the development of random packing from the raschig ring through to modern packing.

How do these volumes compare to other references such as Ludwig's "Applied Process Design?" Ludwig is excellent but it is more difficult to find what you need. Kister's two volumes are more specific and slightly easier to follow. Consider Ludwig's book later when you are designing nuts and bolt details of columns. For case histories, and basic knowledge of vapor-liquid separation, you can't beat "Distillation Design" and "Distillation Operations."

If you don't have this book on your shelf you should. If you are just starting out in the business, and can't afford both volumes, buy "Distillation Operations." But, if you will be involved directly in the design business, as I am, buy both volumes.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bialkow on October 3, 2009
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Highly recommend book for those who are looking for distillation know-how or practice experience to solve problems. It is equally useful for designers as well as for industrial engineers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2001
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This book is must for process engineer esp. engineer in Petroleun and Refinery business. Written in very lucid manner shows the author is not only technically competent but has extensive experience in the industry. His book on " Distillation Operation" is also highly recomended.
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MANY YEARS HAD PASSED YET THIS VERY BOOK KEPT VERY USEFUL BOTH FOR DESIGNERS AND ENGINEERS IN SIMULATION WORK. EXCELLENT WORK, REALLY. ESPECIALLY FOR THE ALGORITHM PART, EASY AND THOROUGHLY DISCUSSED.
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By Herbie on June 7, 2012
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Still the classic of distillation design.
must have for chemical engineers working in chemical/petrochemical plants.

Buy together with Kister's other book if you can.
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