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Working Guide to Process Equipment, Third Edition Hardcover – April 17, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 591 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 3 edition (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071496742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071496742
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Here's the Key to How Process Equipment Works--and How to Keep It Working At Its Best Process plant operators, engineers, managers, and other personnel need to understand--in a basic but simple way--how process equipment works. At last, there's a comprehensive, practical reference that sheds light on the inner workings of continuous process equipment for a broad range of technicians and industries, including plant operators and supervisors and service engineers in chemical, refining, pharmaceutical, and fertilizer plants, and other continuous process facilities. Based on the authors' extensive experience in the field, A Working Guide to Process Equipment carefully and clearly explains all the basic technical issues that you need to know to trouble-shoot even the thorniest process equipment problems. Here, in one resource book, is a wealth of useful diagnostic tips, worked-out calculations, practical examples, and informative illustrations to help you quickly pinpoint trouble and repair typical malfunctions in: Trayed and packed distillation towers; Natural and forced reboilers; Partial and total condensers; Steam systems and deaerators; Vaccuum systems; Fired heaters; Shell and tube heat exchangers; Centrifugal compressors; Gas turbines and reciprocating engines; Centrifugal pumps and motor drivers. In no time at all, this essential problem-solving manual will become your most trusted on-the-job tool for dealing effectively wtih costly equipment malfunctions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Norman P. Lieberman is a chemical engineer with 35 years of experience in process design and plant operator supervision. An independent consultant, he troubleshoots oil refinery and chemical plant process problems and prepares revamp designs. Mr. Lieberman is the author of Troubleshooting Refinery Processes, Troubleshooting Process Operations, Troubleshooting Natural Gas Processing, and Process Design for Reliable Operations. Elizabeth T. Lieberman is a chemical engineer with more than two decades of experience in the process industries. She currently works as a consultant troubleshooting oil refinery and chemical plant process problems. Ms. Lieberman also has experience in ceramic clay processing, refractories processing, and the conveyance of slurry flow.

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This book is very easy to read.
steve patrelakis
It goes through fundamental steps for troubleshooting general processes as well as clear explanations of how most of the equipment in the industry work.
Katerina Cabello
I highly recommend this book to engineers of all experience levels who work in the petroleum refining and chemical process industries.
Scott A. Westveer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Scott A. Westveer on December 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
As a licensed professional engineer and consultant in the Houston, TX area, I found this to be an excellent and useful book. It simplifies and demystifies fundamental chemical engineering principals and effectively illustrates how theory applies to understanding the root cause/s of real world plant operating problems.
The Lieberman's also do a fine job of making the book interesting to read through the use of non-process plant related anecdotes. These anecdotes help the reader understand the principals presented by drawing upon experiences and situations common to everyday life.
I highly recommend this book to engineers of all experience levels who work in the petroleum refining and chemical process industries.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Katerina Cabello on July 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a summer intern in an oil refinery and few of my tasks were to rerate exchangers, fin fan coolers, etc., and I didn't have any experience whatsoever! They don't teach at school how this equipment works in a process context and if you don't have a clue on what you're doing, this is the best book to refer to. It is very elementary, but at the same time, it can be very specific. It goes through fundamental steps for troubleshooting general processes as well as clear explanations of how most of the equipment in the industry work. Highly recommended at any level!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arvind Bhagat on March 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Boringless, easy to understand and real practical book. Reading this book I have troubleshoot many process problems effectively.

I strongly recommend this fantastic practical book for all levels.

arvind bhagat.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mohammad Azam on August 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The unique style of the author explaining basic concepts with everyday problem expamples is what makes this book very absorbing and useful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glorified Plumber on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was refered to this book after reading a few chapters of his "Troubleshooting Process Operations" book, and it is excellent. He writes it for people working in the industry, for people who might work in the industry, and people who just want to know how things work.

His sense of humor is on par with mine, as well as many of my fellow chemical engineers... so if you've spent any time working or dealing with engineers at all, his way of thinking and sense of humor will be well received.

Anyways, his examples are pretty much all personal experience, and he does a good job of giving you the "basic" math governing many processes. His intent is not to give design equations, and he is VERY careful to make sure the reader is aware that they are NOT to be used to design equipment.

He speaks, in my opinion, from a contractors point of view and is at times very critical of operating companies, management, other engineers, and SOME operators (he also rightfully gives MUCH praise to experienced veteran operators), so, if you work for an operating company, you might be a TAD offended, but, you'll live.

Buy the book, well worth it.
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By simul_nerd on November 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am working with process optimization and most of my work is in front of a computer, dealing with mathematical model and process simulation. This book has been of an incredible help to gain practical knowledge: easy to read, easy to understand. This book is a "MUST" for those engineers who needs more practical knowledge on process operations! Highly recommended!
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By John C Mettam on February 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is on my desk as a tool that I can and do use every day to troubleshoot and resolve process equipment problems. Norman Lieberman has a collection of excellent resources books that will guide and improve anyone in the Hydrocarbon industry.
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