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For author Norm Lieberman, process engineering is fascinating and fun. Troubleshooting is in his blood. Drawing on his passion, training, and experience, Lieberman presents problems and troubleshooting techniques that are associated with specific processes, systems, and equipment, leading novice and practiced troubleshooters alike to the crux of malfunctions and failures. The fourth edition updates troubleshooting and design techniques, and adds seven new chapters with information on turbines, motors, heat exchangers, and environmentally friendly operations. Norm Lieberman sprinkles his troubleshooting guide with insightful and humorous anecdotes from 45 years in the petrochemical and refining industry.

Nitty-gritty descriptions of common refinery and chemical plant problems and the diagnostic field observations, experiments, and calculations that reveal their origin

Troubleshooting checklists and references following each chapter

Practical advice for optimizing interactions with key plant operations personnel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878143481
  • Publisher: PennWell Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 550
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Fourth Edition ix

Preface to Third Edition xi

Preface to Second Edition xiii

Preface to First Edition xv

Introduction xvii

Section 1 Specific Processes

1 Crude Distillation 3

2 Delayed Coking Cycles 33

3 Delayed Coking Process 75

4 Amine Regeneration and Scrubbing 91

5 Sulfur Recovery 113

6 Alkylation 139

7 Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units 161

8 Fccu Product Fractionation 189

9 Saving Energy at Reduced Feed Rates 219

Section 2 Process Equipment

10 Refrigeration Systems 235

11 Centrifugal Pumps 251

12 Distillation Towers 269

13 Vacuum Towers 295

14 Treating Liquid Hydrocarbons 317

15 Process Heaters 333

16 Water Coolers 357

17 Alarms and Trips 371

Section 3 Practical Problems

18 Additional Distillation Problems 385

19 Fouled Trays 411

20 Dehydrating Light-Ends Towers 421

21 Vapor-Liquid Separation 429

22 Refinery Metallurgy for Novices 439

23 Unusual Noises and Vibrations 455

Section 4 Gas Drying and Compression

24 Natural Gas Drying 465

25 Gas Compression-Centrifugal and Reciprocating 481

Section 5 The Process Engineer's Job

26 Suggestions for New Process Operating Engineers 505

27 Planning a Performance Test 513

28 Understanding Control Board Instruments 525

29 How to Make Field Measurements 539

30 Turbines, Expanders and Variable Speed Motors 551

31 Forced Draft Air Coolers 569

32 Advances in Heat Exchanger Design 579

33 Positive Feedback Loops 589

34 Troubleshooting Control Loops 601

35 Texas City-BP Refinery Fire 615

36 Environmentally Friendly Process Concepts 629

37 The People Problem 645

Appendix-Tray ΔP, Water Dew Pt., Bubble Pt. Calculations 653

Index 655

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