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Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing Paperback – August 7, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0470932957 ISBN-10: 0470932953 Edition: 2nd

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About the Author

BRUCE A. FINLAYSON, PhD, is Rehnberg Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Washington. He is also a former president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Among his many accolades and honors, Dr. Finlayson is a recipient of the AIChE's prestigious William H. Walker Award and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470932953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470932957
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Succinct and clear instructions and examples.
Waterlee
If you need a good introduction to using software for solving chemical engineering problems, this is it.
Mark
For anyone in the chem engineering profession, or hoping to learn about it, this book is a must!
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Introduction to Chemical engineering computing introduces new comers to the modern tools in solving basic groups of encountered Chem Engg. problems. The book presents samples of the problems needed in school, and as a novice Chem engineer. It also introduces four of the programs available for the computations. The expert professor provides in addition a proof check for the problems at hand, given a good understanding of their physical nature, and Chem engg background, is a pre-requisite for a sound integral solution.

The book introduces 4 programs; Excel, METLAB, Aspen+, and Comsol as alternative tools to solve the offered problems, covering a wide range of the basic groups of chem engineering process problems normally encountered. Those covered energy processes, Low temp. air separation, absorption, with the book organization and modes of use discussed in the book introduction. The treatment is independently divided within 11 chapters tackling chem engg fundamentals and processes. The book is supported by adequate graphics.

While the sequence of the chapters is rendered secondary, following five chapters introduce the student to a sound frame of progressive approach to the computing methodology.
0 Mass balances with recycle streams
0 Equations of state (physical properties calculation)
0 Vapor-liquid and chemical reaction equilibria
0 Mass transfer equipment
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Mott VINE VOICE on November 15, 2012
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This book will be of little use to those without at least moderate experience with the chemical engineering problems presented in this book. It serves a very niche topic that the title describes quite succinctly - you will get an introduction to the programs outlined in the book description and work through multiple examples. However, you will not get into the theory behind the problems to a large enough degree for an entry level student to enjoy. This leads me back to my original statement - if you have the theory already in your back pocket, this will help you translate that knowledge into select software.

This "Intro" would also be handy as a refresher course for those already in the field who have allowed certain skill sets to get rusty.

I found the text to be easy to read when introducing material -- a major plus when dealing with non-required reading! I would recommend reading the entire description before purchasing this book and flipping through any preview pages provided to make sure it suits your needs.
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In the chemical engineering profession today, analytical solutions to industry problems are becoming less and less frequent. The result is that computational solutions are used with much greater frequency. Understanding how this is done is a critical part of a modern chemical engineering education, and Finlayson's second edition of Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing accomplishes this goal quite well.

The objectives of the book are threefold:
1) Show the reader what kinds of problems that a chemical engineer will need to solve using computational solutions.
2) Compare the various programs that can be used the solve these problems (the book goes through 4 programs).
3) Teach how to "check your work" and be confident of the results of one's simulation.

The book proceeds to do this using chemical engineering topics as examples, such as equations of state, mass transfer, and chemical reaction engineering. There is not exactly a "basic principles" chapter, but you will absorb those principles throughout the book.

As one might expect, Excel, Matlab, and Aspen Plus are major features of the book. An interesting and unexpected strength though (to me) was the inclusion of Comsol Multiphysics training. I am a more recent convert to Comsol and was impressed at the material included. Of course, the book uses Comsol 4.2a instead of the latest version released in 2012, but Finlayson did well to include it in the book.

Finally, the reader should understand that this is a book for juniors and seniors, not freshmen and sophomores. Finlayson approaches the reader assuming a substantial background in chemical engineering already. That being said, it is an excellent work and I hope more programs will begin including this kind of course in their curriculum.
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Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing is a very good text that guides you through the process of using software for chemical engineering. In addition to being a very accessible introductory text, it can also be a good resource to refer to when working through common problems.

Chemists and chemical engineers without an IT background will be able to leverage this as a how-to guide. As software continues to be more central to all engineering disciplines, the audience of people that will need these skills will only increase.

The sections are well organized and plainly written so they can easily be followed. Each section covers a basic problem, and then goes into solutions using some or all of the four main software packages that are covered. As somebody most familiar with Comsol Multiphysics for these purposes, I found the inclusion of solutions using Aspen Plus and MATLAB to be useful. Obviously, just about everybody has used Excel at this point for problem solving. Still, seeing these problems solved using multiple programs not only helps you learn how to use the programs. It also helps you to understand the way that chemical engineering problems are solved in general.

CONCLUSION

This is a good step-by-step treatment that covers a lot of ground. But it is not meant to be all things to all people. Read this book for what it is and not what it isn't. If you need a good introduction to using software for solving chemical engineering problems, this is it.

Enjoy.
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