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Best Introductory Text for Chemical/Mechanical Engineers
This book was specifically written as a "descriptive principles" based text. It is not a handbook! If you are looking for a handbook do not buy this book. However, if you are looking for a book that describes the principles behind how chemical process equipment works in a lightly worded, easy to understand fashion, this is the one. It is not a book for scholars and you will not design equipment from this book. You will instead gain a fundamental understanding of process equipment so that when you walk up on shell & tube heat exchanger, or a packed column, or a stripper, etc. you understand what it's doing and how it does it.
I'm a working Mechanical Engineer, and all too often today we are too focused on just mathematically modeling something and we then loose the "on-your-feet" troubleshooting skills that honestly complete one's ability to engineer. This book aids the reader in beginning to develop the skill of thinking about process equipment more completely.
Lastly, compared to most engineering texts, this is actually a quick read because it is verbose in nature without a lot of mathematics.
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Posted October 31, 2013
When I was hired by the Gas Industry 42 years ago, I was asked w
When I was hired by the Gas Industry 42 years ago, I was asked what was the best book I have had ever read. I responded Heat Transfer by Kreith. That is the way it stood for 42 year. I now can say without a doubt the best book I have ever read is "A Working Guide to Process Equipment" by Norman and Elizabeth Liberman..... An outstanding work! This is truly an operator's guide to operating process equipment. Steven Vitale, Ph.D., P.E.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.