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Overview

Working Guide to Process Equipment, 2nd Ed. carefully and clearly explains all the basic technical issues that you need to know to trouble-shoot most process equipment problems. This guide contains a wealth of useful diagnostic tips, worked-out calculations, practical examples, and informative illustrations to help you quickly pinpoint trouble and repair typical malfunctions in: Trayed and packed distillation towers; Natural and forced reboilers; Partial and total condensers; Steam systems and deaerators; Vaccuum systems; Fired heaters; Shell and tube heat exchangers; Centrifugal compressors; Gas turbines and reciprocating engines; Centrifugal pumps and motor drivers.

In no time at all, this essential problem-solving manual will become your most trusted on-the-job tool for dealing effectively wtih costly equipment malfunctions.

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The second edition of the Working Guide to Process Equipment is written in down-to-earth language that is very comprehensible. Authors Norman and Elizabeth Lieberman are right-on when noting that no normal person will read this book for fun and relaxation. However, it is, without a doubt, an invaluable tool in the process-engineering world. And, as the skills involved in good process engineering disappear, you will find that these pages of insight from industry experts are worth their weight in gold.

The authors cover a lot of information, and they point out that if you read it all in sequence, there are threads of logic that tie each component together. In other words, they deliver on the promise that they have gone back to the simplest basis for understanding process equipment. In every chapter you will read about how the equipment behaves in the field (how field trays, control tower pressure, distillation towers, and reboilers work) and why it does. You will also read about how instruments, packed towers and steam, and condensate systems work. The authors will teach you about bubble point and dew point, steam strippers, draw-off nozzle hydraulics, pumparounds, and tower heat flows -- not to mention air coolers. They will also address vacuum systems, surface condensers, fired heaters, and centrifugal pumps. In addition, the authors show you how to do simple technical calculations.

The guiding idea of this book is that it is better to have a working knowledge of a few simple ideas than a superficial knowledge of many complex theoretical subjects. In other words, you cannot help but gain knowledge and benefit vicariously from the information, experience, and examples these authors deliver. If you work in this field, this book is one you will not want to miss. John Vacca

John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071390873
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Professional Engineering Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 527
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman P. Lieberman is a chemical engineer with more than 39 years of experience in process plant operation, design, and field troubleshooting. Currently, his company, Process Improvement Engineering, specializes in executing revamp designs for refinery crude, coker, visbreaker, and asphalt. Mr. Lieberman has taught more than 400 technical seminars based on the material found in this book.

Elizabeth T. Lieberman is a chemical engineer with more than 25 years of experience in the process industries. She works with Norm Lieberman in executing process revamp designs and instructing troubleshooting seminars.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
Introduction
Ch. 1 How Trays Work: Flooding: Downcomer Backup 1
Ch. 2 How Trays Work: Dumping: Weeping through Tray Decks 15
Ch. 3 Why Control Tower Pressure: Options for Optimizing Tower Operating Pressure 25
Ch. 4 What Drives Distillation Towers: Reboiler Function 35
Ch. 5 How Reboilers Work: Thermosyphon, Gravity Feed, and Forced 45
Ch. 6 How Instruments Work: Levels, Pressures, Flows, and Temperatures 57
Ch. 7 Packed Towers: Better than Trays? Packed-Bed Vapor and Liquid Distribution 75
Ch. 8 Steam and Condensate Systems: Water Hammer and Condensate Backup, Steam-Side Reboiler Control 89
Ch. 9 Bubble Point and Dew Point: Equilibrium Concepts in Vapor-Liquid Mixtures 109
Ch. 10 Steam Strippers: Source of Latent Heat of Vaporization 119
Ch. 11 Draw-Off Nozzle Hydraulics: Nozzle Cavitation Due to Lack of Hydrostatic Head 129
Ch. 12 Pumparounds and Tower Heat Flows: Closing the Tower Enthalpy Balance 141
Ch. 13 Condensers and Tower Pressure Control: Hot-Vapor Bypass: Flooded Condenser Control 153
Ch. 14 Air Coolers: Fin-Fan Coolers 169
Ch. 15 Deaerators and Steam Systems: Generating Steam in Boilers and BFW Preparation 181
Ch. 16 Vacuum Systems: Steam Jet Ejectors: Steam Jet Ejectors 193
Ch. 17 Steam Turbines: Use of Horsepower Valves and Correct Speed Control 211
Ch. 18 Surface Condensers: The Condensing Steam Turbine 223
Ch. 19 Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers: Heat-Transfer Fouling Resistance 237
Ch. 20 Fired Heaters: Fire- and Flue-Gas Side: Draft and Afterburn; Optimizing Excess Air 257
Ch. 21 Fired Heaters: Process Side: Coking Furnace Tubes and Tube Failures 281
Ch. 22 Refrigeration Systems: An Introduction to Centrifugal Compressors 297
Ch. 23 Centrifugal Pumps: Fundamentals of Operation: Head, Flow, and Pressure 307
Ch. 24 Centrifugal Pumps: Driver Limits: Electric Motors and Steam Turbines 323
Ch. 25 Centrifugal Pumps: Suction Pressure Limits: Cavitation and Net Positive Suction Head 331
Ch. 26 Separators: Vapor-Hydrocarbon-Water: Liquid Settling Rates 349
Ch. 27 Gas Compression: The Basic Idea: The Second Law of Thermodynamics Made Easy 363
Ch. 28 Centrifugal Compressors and Surge: Overamping the Motor Driver 369
Ch. 29 Reciprocating Compressors: The Carnot Cycle; Use of Indicator Card 385
Ch. 30 Compressor Efficiency: Effect on Driver Load 399
Ch. 31 Safety Concerns: Relief Valves, Corrosion, and Safety Trips 407
Ch. 32 Corrosion: Process Units 417
Ch. 33 Fluid Flow in Pipes: Basic Ideas to Evaluate Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Flow 433
Ch. 34 Super-Fractionation Separation Stage 463
Ch. 35 Computer Modeling and Control 473
Ch. 36 Field Troubleshooting Process Problems 481
Glossary 491
The Norm Lieberman Video Library of Troubleshooting Process Operations 501
Index 503
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    Practical troubleshoot book.

    This is fantastic practical troubleshoot book for chemical process industries. After reading this it is very easy to understand the process problem. It is must for any level of working persons in chemical process industries. Go for it and good luck.

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