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Diagnose and Troubleshoot Problems in Chemical

Process Equipment with This Updated Classic!

Chemical engineers and plant operators can rely on the Third Edition of A Working Guide to Process Equipment for the latest diagnostic tips, practical examples, and detailed illustrations for pinpointing trouble and correcting problems in chemical process equipment. This updated classic contains new chapters on Control Valves, Cooling Towers, Waste Heat Boilers, Catalytic Effects, Fundamental Concepts of Process Equipment, and Process Safety.

Filled with worked-out calculations, the book examines everything from trays, reboilers, instruments, air coolers, and steam turbines…to fired heaters, refrigeration systems, centrifugal pumps, separators, and compressors. The authors simplify complex issues and explain the technical issues needed to solve all kinds of equipment problems. Comprehensive and clear, the Third Edition of A Working Guide to Process Equipment features:

  • Guidance on diagnosing and troubleshooting process equipment problems
  • Explanations of how theory applies to real-world equipment operations
  • Many useful tips, examples, illustrations, and worked-out calculations
  • New to this edition: Control Valves, Cooling Towers,

    Waste Heat Boilers, Catalytic Effects, and Process Safety

Inside this Renowned Guide to Solving Process Equipment Problems

• Trays • Tower Pressure • Distillation Towers • Reboilers • Instruments • Packed Towers • Steam and Condensate Systems • Bubble Point and Dew Point • Steam Strippers • Draw-Off Nozzle Hydraulics • Pumparounds and Tower Heat Flows • Condensers and Tower Pressure Control • Air Coolers • Deaerators and Steam Systems • Vacuum Systems • Steam Turbines • Surface Condensers • Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers • Fire Heaters • Refrigeration Systems • Centrifugal Pumps • Separators • Compressors • Safety • Corrosion • Fluid Flow • Computer Modeling and Control • Field Troubleshooting Process Problems

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9780071496742
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Series: McGraw-Hill Professional Engineering Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 591
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman P. Lieberman is a chemical engineer with 35 years of experience in process design and plant operator supervision. An independent consultant, he troubleshoots oil refinery and chemical plant process problems and prepares revamp designs. Mr. Lieberman is the author of Troubleshooting Refinery Processes, Troubleshooting Process Operations, Troubleshooting Natural Gas Processing, and Process Design for Reliable Operations.

Elizabeth T. Lieberman is a chemical engineer with more than two decades of experience in the process industries. She currently works as a consultant troubleshooting oil refinery and chemical plant process problems. Ms. Lieberman also has experience in ceramic clay processing, refractories processing, and the conveyance of slurry flow.

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Table of Contents

Preface to Third Edition
Preface to Second Edition
Preface to First Edition
Chapter 1. Process Equipment Fundamentals
Chapter 2. Basic Terms and Conditions
Chapter 3. How Trays Work: Flooding
Downcomer Backup
Chapter 4. How Trays Work: Dumping
Weeping through Tray Decks
Chapter 5. Why Control Tower Pressure
Options for Optimizing Tower Operating Pressure
Chapter 6. What Drives Distillation Towers
Reboiler Function
Chapter 7. How Reboilers Work
Thermosyphon, Gravity Feed, and Forced
Chapter 8. Inspecting Tower Internals
Chapter 9. How Instruments Work
Levels, Pressures, Flows, and Temperatures
Chapter 10. Packed Towers: Better Than Trays?
Packed-Bed Vapor and Liquid Distribution
Chapter 11. Steam and Condensate Systems
Water Hammer and Condensate Backup Steam-Side Reboiler Control
Chapter 12. Bubble Point and Dew Point
Equilibrium Concepts in Vapor-Liquid Mixtures
Chapter 13. Steam Strippers
Source of Latent Heat of Vaporization
Chapter 14. Draw-Off Nozzle Hydraulics
Nozzle Cavitation Due to Lack of Hydrostatic Head
Chapter 15. Pumparounds and Tower Heat Flows
Closing the Tower Enthalpy Balance
Chapter 16. Condensers and Tower Pressure Control
Hot-Vapor Bypass: Flooded Condenser Control
Chapter 17. Air Coolers
Fin-Fan Coolers
Chapter 18. Deaerators and Steam Systems
Generating Steam in Boilers and BFW Preparation
Chapter 19. Vacuum Systems: Steam Jet Ejectors
Steam Jet Ejectors
Chapter 20. Steam Turbines
The Condensing Steam Turbine
Chapter 21. Surface Condensers
The Condensing Steam Turbine
Chapter 22. Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers
Heat-Transfer Fouling Resistance
Chapter 23. Heat Exchanger Innovations
Chapter 24. Fired Heaters: Fire- and Flue-Gas Side
Draft and Afterburn; Optimizing Excess Air
Chapter 25. Fired Heaters: Process Side
Coking Furnace Tubes and Tube Failures
Chapter 26. Refrigeration Systems
An Introduction to Centrifugal Compressors
Chapter 27. Cooling Water Systems
Chapter 28. Catalytic Effects: Equilibrium and Kinetics
Chapter 29. Centrifugal Pumps: Fundamentals of Operations
Head, Flow, and Pressure
Chapter 30. Centrifugal Pumps: Driver Limits
Electric Motors and Steam Turbines
Chapter 31. Centrifugal Pumps: Suction Pressure Limits
Cavitation and Net Positive Suction Head
Chapter 32. Control Valves
Chapter 33. Separators: Vapor-Hydrocarbon-Water
Liquid Settling Rates
Chapter 34. Gas Compression: The Basic Idea
The Second Law of Thermodynamics Made Easy
Chapter 35. Centrifugal Compressors and Surge
Overamping the Motor Drive
Chapter 36. Reciprocating Compressors
The Carnot Cycle; Use of Indicator Card
Chapter 37. Compressor Efficiency
Effect on Driver Load
Chapter 38. Safety Concerns
Relief Valves, Corrosion, and Safety Trips
Chapter 39. Corrosion—Process Units
Chapter 40. Fluid Flow in Pipes
Basic Ideas to Evaluate Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Flow
Chapter 41. Super-Fractionation Separation Stage
Chapter 42. Computer Modeling and Control
Chapter 43. Field Troubleshooting Process Problems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

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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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  • Anonymous

    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.

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