- Hardcover: 1008 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 3rd edition (November 13, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0135317088
- ISBN-13: 978-0135317082
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 2.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Widely adopted the world over, this text discusses solving reaction engineering problems through logic rather than memorization and the use of algorithms. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Applied Algorithms + Software Packages = Advanced Tools for Solving Complex Problems
The newest digital techniques, built on the sound foundations of the classic, best-selling text.
With a combination of user-friendly software and classic algorithms, students learn to solve problems through reasoning rather than memorization.
Thorough coverage of the fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering forms the backbone of this trusted text, presented in a framework that helps develop critical-thinking skills and practical problem-solving. All the classical elements are covered. Elements of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Third Edition, builds a strong understanding of chemical reaction engineering principles and shows how they can be applied to numerous reactions in a variety of applications.
The structured approach helps develop skills in critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving, by employing open-ended questions and stressing the Socratic method.
To enhance the transfer of skills to real-life settings, three styles of problems are included for each subject:
- Straightforward problems that reinforce the material
- Problems that encourage students to explore the issues and look for optimum solutions
- Open-ended problems that encourage students to practice creative problem-solving skills
The enclosed CD offers numerous enrichment opportunities for both students and instructors, including:
- Learning Resources: lecture notes, web modules, and problem-solving heuristics
- Living Example Problems: POLYMATH software that allows students to explore the examples and ask "what-if" questions
- Professional Reference Shelf: detailed derivations, equations, general engineering materials, and specialty reactors and reaction systems
- Additional Study Materials: extra homework problems, course syllabi, guides to popular software packages
Throughout the text, margin icons link concepts and procedures to the material on the CD for fully integrated learning and reference.
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There is a very large amount of material covered in this book, if you use it for an undergraduate course textbook, you won't be able to read and learn about all of it, but this makes it useful for being a good reference textbook later. The book explains how to do mole balances, reaction rate equations and measurements, reactor sizing and networking, stoichiometry, yields, energy balances for chemical reactors, handling of multiple reactions, biochemical reaction rate equations, the mass transport principals behind use of catalysts (there are a lot of mass transport things going on here), and some things about mixing and non-ideal reactors and use of tracers. These are all important concepts in the field of chemical engineering, and make this a good textbook for coursework, and for reference.
I've seen reviews for this textbook claiming that the writing is bad and the figures aren't very good. This is true, and this is why I'm giving this book four stars instead of five. This textbook has a lot of grayscale graphics throughout. Some of them are high quality, while others are grainy and the resolution sucks. Fortunately, the graphics that are most important (the graphs and plots) are of high quality, and the lower quality things are generally less important. The editing of this textbook is also somewhat modest, especially considering that it is a fourth edition, and that the copy that I have isn't the first printing of the fourth edition either. There are grammatical errors occasionally, but fortunately, they don't greatly interfere with the understanding. Probably the worst editing shortfall is that the homework problems aren't always written all that well. Some are randomly super difficult for an undergraduate to solve with normal undergraduate math skills, perhaps because they made a mistake in writing the question. Some of them provide data that you are supposed to come up with a graph and regression with, and they give you so few data that you can hardly do it. There are also questions that are just poorly worded. One asks you to specify the *weight* of catalyst required for the reactor, when they really should have been saying mass, since weight is gravity dependent. My classmates and I thought about just skipping the calculations and answering "None, because it's in space!!"
This textbook is also quirky. There is a homework problem on it about a Hippopotamus where a veterinarian does surgery on it, and accidentally switches the stomach and intestine, and you have to use CSTR and PRF calculations to see if the Hippo would survive or not. There is also a homework problem about a small swimming organism where they give the journal article where the data came from, and if you look it up, the swimming organism is a sperm cell!! You will find other quirky homework problems, this is just the beginning.
This book also comes with a small software program called Polymath. This problem is useful for solving chemical reaction differential equations, and is much easier to use and easier to learn than the heavyweight softwares like Matlab for example. Try it out if you have trouble solving differential equations for chemical reactors.
Another nice advantage of this book is that it has nice coverage on graphical solutions for reactor design. While at times this seems archaic because we have so much computing power with computers now that we can always solve analytically or via a diff equ solver, the graphical solutions provide a second way of trying to grasp the reactor design concepts, and some readers will really do well in using graphical solutions to help them understand the overall design concepts.
So...in summary, from a technical standpoint, this is a very good book, but it could be written and edited a little better. Try not to let the editing get on your nerves too much, focus on the equations, and you will probably be ok. I can't think of another reactor design textbook that is necessarily better than this one.
Book shipped internationally pretty quickly (took total of 5 days).
The book itself is one of the best that I have read. The examples shown and the sequence of thought that I had to follow as a student. Definitely worth its price.
But the author has a sense of humor and explains the concepts well. The book is useful and practical. The summaries at the end of the chapters are great, and the progression of material is fairly logical.