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March 1, 2014
An American Scientist. By Gabor A. Somorjai with Mitch Jacoby. Archway Publishing. 1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403. Web: 2013. 250 pages. $27.95. Reviewed by Scott Jenkins, Chemical Engineering magazine, New York, N.Y.   For those working in the chemical process industries, addressing the immediacies of work makes it difficult to ponder the scientific discoveries and...
January 1, 2014
Pressure Vessels Field Manual: Common Operating Problems and Practical Solutions. By Maurice Stewart and Oran T. Lewis. Gulf Professional Publishing, 2 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1020, Houston, TX 77046. Web: 2013. 498 pages. $79.95. Reviewed by Keith Kachelhofer, Hargrave Engineers + Constructors, Savannah, Ga.   In this book, authors Maurice Stewart and Oran Lewis provide concise information...
November 1, 2013
Fluid Dynamics and Scale-up in Process Engineering: Theory and Logic in Practice. By Frederick A. Zenz. Analogies in Matters of Science (AIMS), P.O. Box 49, Cold Spring, NY 10516. Web: 2014. 560 pages. $199.99. Reviewed by Thomas McGowan, TMTS Associates Inc., Atlanta, Ga.   Frederick Zenz, Professor Emeritus of Manhattan College (Riverdale, N.Y.;, as well as a...
September 1, 2013
Materials in Mechanical Extremes: Fundamentals and Applications. By Neil Bourne. Cambridge University Press, 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013. Web: 2013. 539 pages. $155.00.         Experimental Methods and Instrumentation for Chemical Engineers. By Gregory Patience. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02144. Web: 2013. 416 pages...
July 1, 2013
Distillation Design and Control Using Aspen Simulation. 2nd ed. By William Luyben. John Wiley & Sons Inc., 111 River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2013. 489 pages. $130.00. Engineering Material 2: An Introduction to Microstructures and Processing. 4th ed. By D.R. Jones and Michael Ashby, Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA 02144, Web: 2013. 576 pages. $69.95. ...
June 1, 2013
Seeking input on distillation education Right now, distillation engineers are extremely busy — globally, and especially in the U.S. The AIChE Distillation Symposium (May, San Antonio, Tex.) that was organized by Henry Kister and Mike Pritchett had an amazing number of presentations and attendees. FRI is the world’s premier distillation research facility. FRI engineers who teach a separations...
May 1, 2013
Fundamentals of Automatic Process Control. By Utpal Chaudhuri and Uttam Chaudhuri. CRC Press Inc., Taylor & Francis Group. 6000 Broken Sound Parkway, #300, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Web: 2012. 303 pages. $139.95. Reviewed by Douglas White, Emerson Process Management, Houston, Tex.  Professors Uttam Ray Chaudhuri from Calcutta University (Kolkata, India; and Uptal Ray...
March 1, 2013
Bob Katin, chairman of the California Government Relations Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and president of the California Legislative Council of Professional Engineers (CLCPE), is a persistent man. For more than 20 years he has fought to change the California Professional Engineers Act (PE Act) so that chemical engineers would have parity with civil engineers. In the...
March 1, 2013
Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting: Practical Machinery Management for Process Plants. 4th ed. By Fred Geitner and Heinz Bloch. Elsevier Ltd., The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, U.K.. Web: 2012. 743 pages. $139.95.   Thermal Methods of Polymer Processing. By T.R. Crompton. iSmithers Rapra Publishing, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 4NR, U.K. Web...
February 1, 2013
There was genuine excitement at the November 14 and 15 ChemInnovations event held in New Orleans. This was especially true at the Plant Managers Roundtable that was moderated by Rebekkah Marshall. On stage with Rebekkah were Jim Armstrong of Rhodia, Inc., Paresh Bhakta of Celanese Ltd. and Jim Hull of Georgia Gulf Chemicals and Vinyls, LLC. All three gentlemen are very experienced plant managers, all with...
January 1, 2013
Sustainable Energy Management. By Mirjana Golusin, Stevan Popov and Sinasa Dodic. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA. 02451. Web: 2013. 436 pages. $79.95. Chemical Process Equipment: Selection and Design, 3rd ed. By James Couper, W. Roy Penney and James Fair. Elsevier Inc., 225 Wyman Street, Waltham, MA. 02451. Web: 2012. 864 pages. $150.00   Gas and Oil...
December 1, 2012
What we look for Practical information. First and foremost, our readers look to us for practical information. These individuals want concise factual information that aids in solving real problems. They do not look to us for abstract theoretical treatises, vague general discussions or reviews of previously published material. In other words, we prefer and accept “how to” articles rather than...
November 1, 2012
What we look for Practical information. First and foremost, our readers look to us for practical information. These individuals want concise factual information that aids in solving real problems. They do not look to us for abstract theoretical treatises, vague general discussions or reviews of previously published material. In other words, we prefer and accept “how to” articles rather than...
November 1, 2012
Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability. By Heinz P. Bloch and Fred K. Geitner. McGraw-Hill. 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020. Web: 2012. 268 pages. $50.00.   Reviewed by Amin Almasi, WorleyParsons Services Pty. Ltd., Australia   Large numbers of compressors fail in CPI (chemical process industries) plants every year, with some experiencing...
September 1, 2012
Last month, we ran a letter from reader, Jason Makansi, commenting on our June story, Chemical Engineering Education Evolution ( Chem. Eng., June 2012, pp. 22–25), which highlighted, among other things, the need for a more-meaningful connection between academia and industry. Makansi’s letter was passionate in itself, expressing frustration at the slow pace of progress over the past 30 years or...
September 1, 2012
Re: Education needs a reality check... I would like to pass on a few comments on Jason Makansi’s letter titled “Education needs a reality check”, which appeared in the August 2012 edition (p. 6). I too, like Jason, began my now 36-year career not knowing which way to turn a valve but being fully trained in transport phenomena. Did my university fail me? No. My university’s ChE...
September 1, 2012
Reviewed by David Hill, Chemstations Inc., Houston   The authors of this text are leaders in chemical engineering thermodynamics. Based on their status, I recommended this book in a blog entry before even seeing a review copy — and I’m glad I did. The book is aimed at both students and professionals who work with process simulators. It assumes a prior understanding of thermodynamics, and...
August 1, 2012
Arbitrarily, process leads can be categorized into three different sub-categories or levels. Level one process leads are those who directly interact with the client to achieve the results required of the project, and are therefore accountable for any and all mishaps. Additionally, these leads supervise other lead process engineers who in turn supervise a team of their own. In the second level, process...
July 1, 2012
Gas Turbine Engineering Handbook. 4th ed. By Meherwan P. Boyce. Elsevier Inc., 30 Corporate Drive, 4th floor, Burlington, MA. Web: 2011. 1,000 pages. $150.00. Reviewed by Amin Almasi, Rotating machine consultant Brisbane, Australia Gas turbines are cornerstones of modern industry and are widely used in the chemical process industries (CPI). New developments have increased the number of...
May 1, 2012
Breaking into the Lab: Engineering Progress for Women in Science. By Sue V. Rosser. New York University Press. Washington Square, New York, NY 10003. Web: 2012. 249 pages. $35.00. African American Women Chemists. By Jeannette Brown. Oxford University Press Inc., 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 100016 Web: 2011. 264 pages. $35.00. Reviewed by Lacey Baggett, PX2 TAR Superintendent, BP...
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