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This book is great for theory, and stuff you might never really use again. I found it heavily lacking in applied controls however.
My process controls class, as I assume many classes are, was heavily involved with Laplace transforms, and didn't really get into real control schemes. Because hey, who wants to learn useful information that they can apply day to day in their future. Unless your that one ChemE who actually, for some reason, has to do Laplace transforms regularly.
My professor focused heavily on the early chapters in the book, and I felt that the examples were light and lacking. There was plenty of theory, but their was often no bridge to the application of that theory in the book.
I'm giving this book two stars mainly because it was thin and lighter so I didn't have to drag another tome with me. The few examples were usually (but not always) clear and easy to understand. And the problem sets were not needlessly difficult.
I would absolutely, not recommend this book for self study, nor as a way to refresh/update yourself.
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I bought this book to teach myself some process control and just went through the first several chapters. So this review is based on the **limited** exposure to the book and is written by someone with very little prior knowledge on process control.
So far, I'm enjoying the book. It provides necessary mathematics in an easy to digest format and gently breaks into process control. Some flaws I have noticed so far are
1. A large number of typos, not all of which is listed in the Oct.3, 2010 version of errata. Even the errata contains an error. This is not a huge problem if you follow the book with a stack of scratch paper to verify every single step. One would have to do that anyway just to learn from a book. So, perhaps this isn't a huge deal.
2. The Process Control Module advertised in Appendix E is nowhere to be found on the publisher's web page. BTW, why does this appendix refer to the book as if it isn't a part of the book? A little more editing please?
3. Their definition of the step function is incompatible with the properties they assign to the Dirac delta-function. According to their definition, the integral of the delta-function, regarded as the derivative of the step function, from t=0 to t=infinity is zero and not unity. This, seemingly minute, point does create a confusion from time to time, e.g, when extracting the initial condition from an ODE, containing a step function as a perturbation term, by setting t=0. Also these two functions, as defined in the book, violate Eq.(3.9).
4. This is perhaps intentional on the part of the authors. But, CSTR in example 2.5 affords three steady-states. Two are stable but the other is not. Somehow, the authors choose to work with the unstable one. Some comment would be of great help here...Read more ›
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I don't have many complaints about the content of the book.
However a good deal the international editions may seem when purchased through third-party sellers, I wouldn't buy them. I've heard some people have had good luck with international editions, but for this book the international and USA editions do not mesh up at all. Luckily, I had a friend with the USA edition to verify homework problems and assigned reading. If you really want the cheaper book and can't afford the USA edition, make sure you have a friend with the USA edition who can verify your homework problems. They don't always mesh up.