The Properties of Gases and Liquids Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0070116825
ISBN-10: 0070116822
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By L. A. Wenzel, Lehigh University

This new edition provides a very thorough and careful presentation of modern methods of estimating the physical properties of gases and liquids. Pure gases, pure liquids, multicomponent mixtures of gases and of liquids, and equilibrium multiphase systems are all considered. In the phase equilibria area, solid-liquid and solid-gas systems are included. Properties considered include vapor pressure, critical properties, boiling and freezing points, PVT (pressure-volume-temperature) properties, thermodynamic properties (viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion coefficents, and surface tension). Estimation methods are chosen for their accuracy, range of utility, and the availability of needed input data. Methods that are based on a theoretical model of the system are generally preferred. The emphasis on new work is strong, so that in many cases, old familiar methods are omitted. A very extensive database of properties of pure components is provided in the appendixes. Generally, simplicity has been sacrificed to accuracy, so that these methods will not be as easy for the process engineer to use, as was the case with earlier editions. Still, this is a useful, and possibly even vital book for a practicing process engineer; highly recommended for libraries serving them. Graduate students through professionals.

Ever since the first edition of this work was published in 1958, it has been a "must have" in the reference library of Chemical Engineers, particularly those engaged in process design. It has long been the primary reference for anyone who must estimate physical or thermodynamic properties required for equipment design knowing little more than the chemical formula of the materials to be handled. The main value of this book over a simple bibliography that can now be generated by a computer search is that the authors continue the practice started in the first edition of publishing tables comparing the results of using the various estimation methods to each other and experimental data when available and then make recommendations as to which method seems to work best under various conditions.

The need for regular updating was succintly stated by Reid and Sherwood in their Preface to the second edition in 1966 when they commented that the half life of estimation correlations seemed to be about four years. Although there are now more fundamentally based properties estimation methods than there were then, the authors note in their Preface to the new edition that ..".most estimation methods rely heavily on empiricism..." Thus the need for periodic updating of this work continues.

Space does not permit listing chapter by chapter the significant differences from the previous edition, but they are substantial. The properties data bank in Appendix A has been completed revised.

This new edition should be added to the library of anyone who must estimate physical properties of materials to be processed.--Kunesh, John "AIChE Journal "

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Latest Estimation Methods and Property Values *Validated databank *Tested estimation methods *Pure substances and mixtures *Thermodynamics, phase equilibria, and more *Fully worked examples *Instantly usable information Bridge the gap between theory and practice with this expert guide. You’ll reap the time-saving, mistake-avoiding benefits already enjoyed by thousands of chemical and process design engineers, research scientists, and educators. Trusted, irreplaceable, and expert-authored, this is the only book that includes a critical analysis of existing methods as well as hands-on practical recommendations.

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  • File Size: 43686 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 5 edition (November 27, 2000)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2000
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000T81T94
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By Leopoldo Farias on March 27, 2002
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I was a bit unconfortable when I bought this book since I was suspicious that this one was one of those unreadable thermodynamic books. Fortunately I was wrong. This book provides you with a complete treatment of the properties of gases and liquids in a plain language stressing the understanding of the basic laws governing the behavior of liquids and gases instead of the mathematic that goes with it. The treatment of the topics is very suitable for engineers since it allows quick understanding of the phenomena and provides a wealth of correlations and methods for estimating properties. The appendixes contain all kind of basic information indeed helpful for applying the correlations showed. Without any hesitation, this book is well worth its price.
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Any engineer working on a problem knows the frustration of having all the equations but no physical properties! This book is the answer. The book is primarily written for those working with organic chemicals. Even if you are working in inorganic chemistry, the book is useful. Equations for mixture properties are difficult to use, but, easy to set up on a spread sheet. There are many equations for physical properties based on single points.
The thermodynamic and phase equilibria sections are excellent. I would recommend this book for those sections alone.
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If you are a chemical engineer and do not own this text, you will have a hard time. This text covers all physical properties of organic, and some inorganic, gases and liquids. It offers complete theoretical development and practical equations which are amenable to spreadsheets and numerical analysis. Particularly useful is a comparison at the end of every topic showing the accuracy of each method in predicting a property. Presented in tabular form, it allows the reader to choose a method which is sufficient for his/her needs. You may decide to choose a method that is less accurate but easier to program. Every chemical engineer should have this text. My only regret is that we did not have time in undergraduate to use this text. I learned its value from watching the graduate students.

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The book is an absolutely practical treatise of applied thermodymamics. The explanations of how to use property estimation methods are excellent, but invaluable are the comments on their accuracy and recommendations as to when to use which method.
The book served as my operating manual for the ASPEN software for modeling chemical processes. The book documented nearly every method used by ASPEN.
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This a very good hard copy book, however the formatting for kindle (based on paper white) is disappointing:

It is not indexed, searching for words will not work.
Large tables in the appendix and mathematical formulas in the text are pictures.

Mathematical formulas in the text are pictures. You cannot scale the fonts. There is a single level of zoom available, however the image is still low resolution. Subscripts are barely readable. Zooming typically shows only a single formula, so reading a page with multiple formulas is slow. You cannot just flick your eyes to compare terms in formulas on the same page.

The tables in the appendix appear to be pictures as well. The chemical formulas in the left column cannot be read, even in landscape mode. In this case zooming does nothing as the picture is already full screen width.

The text is not indexed, the Kindle search function returns "Title not yet indexed". You are reduced to paging through the book's index to find things (which are linked to the actual content). The worst of both worlds. You only have an index (just like the book), page turning is slow and you have to view pages in sequence or call up the menu... (like most digital readers). No fast manual "binary" searches through the index pages.

This version of The Properties of Gases and Liquids is not ready for use on the Kindle.
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When you need physical property data, and you don't have exact information; this book provides best available estimations of the physical properties. It has been a great help to me, over the years.

Having worked on a piece of an earlier edition, as a grad student at U of Mo - Rolla; where Bruce Poling was a professor, I know how much work it is putting this together for the industries. My hats off to Bruce and his co-authors, and especially to Nanci, his wife, for doing yoman's work on this 5th edition of a classic!
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Theis is the bible on thermal properties. This book, and past editions book, is so well respected that if you use its property recommendations in your theory, you can blame the theory if it doesn't work out since the property prediction recommendations from this book are about as good as currently exist.
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