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Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering (BK/CD) (6th Edition) Hardcover – January 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0133057980 ISBN-10: 0133057984 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: Prentice Hall International Series in the Physical and Chemi
  • Hardcover: 725 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 6th edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0133057984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0133057980
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,231,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This student-friendly introduction to the principles and calculations used in the field of chemical, petroleum, and environmental engineering is designed to help students 1) develop systematic problem-solving skills, 2) learn what material balances are, how to formulate, apply, and solve them, 3) learn what energy balances are and how to apply them, and 4) learn how to deal with the complexity of big problems. Self-contained in approach, it provides all necessary background information on units and measurement, physical properties, basic laws about the behavior of gases, liquids, and solids, and some basic mathematical tools.

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Now in its sixth edition, this book is the definitive introduction to chemical engineering principles and calculations. A CD-ROM and computer disk are included, offering worked out problems for each section of the book, plus POLYMATH, FORTRAN programs, and YAW's data. Covers the principles and techniques of chemical engineering involving gases, vapors, liquids and solids; shows how to formulate and solve problems in chemical engineering; and describes the proper use of units, physical properties and computers in solving material and energy balances. For chemical engineers and technicians, and professionals in the fields of environmental engineering and petroleum engineering.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dirk J. Willard on February 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This was the book that got me started in Chemical Engineering. Nowadays, I solve a problem every few years and need a refresher. The first chapter starts out with details on units and basic concepts. The next chapter evolves into more and more complicated material balances. The following chapters discuss concepts such as adiabatic flame temperature, Clausius-Clapeyron's equation (vapor pressure relates to heat of vaporization), average heat capacity and enthalpy of flue gases, psychrometry (water-air only), etc.. In the final section, the complexity of combined heat and material balances is addressed.

In all, this is an excellent book for an introduction to Chemical Engineering or, as I use it now, as a great reference. I've had to retire my first copy and am using a new version. One bit of advice: get good copies of large and small psychrometry charts: 10-110 F dry bulb (small chart); 10-260+ (large chart).Put these in an envelope in the flap of the book for quick access.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David De Sousa on July 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent reference on Chemical Engineering Principles and Calculations for any engineer or practitioner working in the process industries. I am an Electronic Engineer, but I have been working for the last 16 years as an Instrumentation, Automation and Process Control Engineer for the Oil & Gas Industry. As a result I have been involved with Chemical Engineering issues in a day to day basic.

I have found this book to be an ideal self-study guide. In this Edition the authors have included several categories of problems sets to assist in self-study. Self-assessment tests with answers (in Appendix A) follow each section, and thought and discussion problems follow the self-assessment tests.

If a non Chemical Engineer can learn Chemical Engineering Principles from this book, I guarantee that any Chemical Engineering student or practitioner will find this readable textbook very useful.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on July 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is a classic . With all my respects to the next authors , this book belongs from its initial release to a selected dinasty of works made with an unusual passion style , and that invisible factor seems to make the clear difference . The presentation , the precise comments and the appraoch given to every chapter where the essential concepts of Mass balance or Energy balance are so brilliantly shown that it is literally impossible for you not to win with this .
And after you bought it you will wonder in silent voice of course ( Do we need a teacher for Chemical Engineering Principles? ) .
If you acquire this one and then the Whitwell and Tonner (see my review) , How can you lose ?
Fundamental for Chemical , Production and Industrial Engineering.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering is an excellent text book. The First Chapter explains essential definitions and informations that we need before studying Chemical Engineering. This Chapter also explains English unit system. In overall, the book in very useful for teaching Chemical Engineering undergraduate students. It helps the lecturers how to teach and the students how to learn material and energy balance which in essential to know for all chemical engineers. The only problem with this book is the English units which are not currently used very often. If the author could change the English units to SI units, it would be great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yue Meng Yi on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when I was taking my course in material and energy balances, I have got the one by Felder and Rosseau which I thought, no offence to the authors, totally awful, and not good for self-teaching at all. I have another title ("Introduction to Chemical Processes") by Regina Murphy which although not on the same level as this, is a much light-hearted approach to the same subject matter. On the whole for anyone who wants to teach and understand material and energy balances for Chemical Engineers, this book is one I would recommend highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eshang on July 20, 2011
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This book it pretty tough to get through for chemical engineers because you likely don't have any prior experience. However the material covers everything you need to know for your major. After this you pretty much know what you're going to get in future chemical engineering classes. Its also a pretty well written book, a bit thick so you might have to read it over a few times. It may not seem like it at the time but this is one of the most helpful chem. engineering books you'll ever use. We used it in our introductory chemical engineering class at UC Berkeley.
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