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Petroleum Refining [Hardcover]

James H. Gary , Glenn E. Handwerk
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February 6, 2001 0824704827 978-0824704827 4
Continuing the tradition and high standards set by earlier editions, Petroleum Refining, Fourth Edition summarizes recent developments in oil refining processes, addressing topics ranging from basic applications to the implementation of viable operations that meet environmental and economic stipulations.

Maintaining the clear and systematic style of presentation that sent the previous editions into more than 25 printings, Petroleum Refining, Fourth Edition

  • Incorporates valuable statistics on utility data, investment, and operating costs for estimating the economics of refining configurations!
  • Describes petroleum's physical and chemical properties
  • Satisfies "short-term" demands from recent legal standpoints for creating reformulated fuels
  • Reviews petroleum-refining technology and all the major refining processes
  • Considers environmental concerns, the place of reformulated fuels in product distribution, and uses for heavier crude oils and crude oils with higher sulfur and metal contents
  • Enables complete material balances to be made from physical properties and typical yield data

    Advancing the successful features that led to the adoption of previous editions at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard University, the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Houston, and the University of Pittsburgh, the Fourth Edition also offers

  • End-of-chapter problems, equations, illustrative tables, notes, and bibliographies
  • An ongoing case-study problem
  • Convenient and helpful appendices on an economic evaluation problem, terminology, physical properties, analyses of selected crude oils, and photographs

    Written by experts combining academic and professional experience, Petroleum Refining, Fourth Edition is an essential text for all upper-level undergraduate, graduate, and continuing-education students taking courses in petroleum-refinery processing. It also serves as a helpful resource for chemical, petroleum, refining, and process design engineers; refinery management personnel; and energy consultants.

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    ...this book represents an excellent summary of modern refining processes used in the petroleum industry.
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    ...a most valuable publication.
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    ...continue[s] to be a highly popular textbook, and because of its invaluable industrial flavour it will also find [an] audience between practicing engineers and chemists.
    -Chemical Engineering Science

    ...well written and easily read...[a] valuable reference for any library.
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    Product Details

    • Hardcover: 441 pages
    • Publisher: CRC Press; 4 edition (February 6, 2001)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0824704827
    • ISBN-13: 978-0824704827
    • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,748,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview July 6, 2007
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    I am an investment analyst and used this book to get up to speed on an unfamiliar industry. I found it to be clear, well organized, and containing all the info I needed to understand the dynamics driving the business and the lingo. There was more engineering and scientific info than I needed for my purposes, but it was useful to thumb through those chapters to get a high level understanding of the issues. Highly recommended for people new to the industry.
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    9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Oddly, only one reference book proved adequate, in my opinion, in explaining refinery science: "William Leffler's "Petroleum Refining." The others, including "Petroleum Refining, Technology and Economics," by James Gary, Glenn Handwerk, and Mark Kaiser, "Refining Processes Handbook," by Surinder Parkash, and even the venerable "Petroleum Processing Handbook," by Bland and Davidson. Leffler wins out because his process descriptions are fairly detailed compared to the others while balancing a need to be understood by the non-technically educated. Where this text, by Gary, Handwerk, and Kaiser fails is its lack of detailed process design information.

    For example, I was somewhat disappointed in the section on hydrotreating. This process involves removal of nitrogen and sulfur and alkylation of alkenes, phenols and benzenes from a feed of gas oils recovered from a pipestill. Tables provided showed the expected performance for the catalyst beds; some discussion was presented of the differences between fixed bed reactors and moving bed reactors. Only scant information was provided on reactor design. Even though it might have risked going into detail about a particular catalyst at the expense of others there was no exploration beyond mere statements of information such as hydrogen consumption and space velocity requirements. A good example of the failure to provide detail design information is the authors' reluctance to provide hydrogen consumption information in section 9.5.

    Instead, the reader is referred to a monograph written by W.L. Nelson in 1971 for the Oil and Gas Journal. Why not present the data?

    This situation highlights the primary problem with this text and the others: a lack of process design information.
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    Hi, I found this book extremely helpful right before I started my internship at an oil company. Highly recommend it to you if you want to learn a little.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the non- chemical engineer January 1, 2013
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    Very good information for a non-chemical engineer working in a refinery. After the first few, Each chapter pretty much stands alone so you can read just what you need when you need it. I have loaned it to several other engineers in my group.
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