A Working Guide to Process Equipment, 4th Edition


The latest methods for troubleshooting and maintaining process equipment.

Applicable to a broad range of technicians and industries and fully updated throughout, A Working Guide to Process Equipment, Fourth Edition explains how to diagnose, troubleshoot, and correct problems with chemical and petroleum refining process equipment.

This edition contains five new chapters covering state-of-the-art design and function of process equipment. All chapters in the book are updated with the latest troubleshooting and problem-solving techniques.

This practical resource effectively illustrates how theory applies to understanding the root causes of real-world plant operating problems.

Revisions include:

  • Effect of perforated tray panel distortion on tray flooding and fractionation efficiency
  • How multi-component fractionation differs from binary fractionation
  • Effect on vapor-liquid tray loads
  • Effect on the reflux drum temperature and pressure
  • Simple calculation methods and the significance of constant condenser duty
  • Current operating experience with shell and tube exchangers using hellical baffles
  • Problems with twisted tube exchangers
  • Where to use spiral heat exchangers
  • Sintered metal tubing for reboilers in pure component, clean hydrocarbon service
  • Current design and operating practices for waste water strippers
  • NH3, H2S, sour water, and Amine systems
  • Recent design and operating problems with steam condensate collection systems
  • Introduction of the concept of the “Point of Optimum Drainabilty”
  • Modern mechanical seal designs for centrifugal pumps
  • Expanded chapters on vacuum system operation, ejector design (both steam and liquids), and surface condenser
  • Section on the importance and design of barometric seal leg including vacuum seal drum design
  • Advantages of indirect combustion air pre-heaters
  • Methods to reduce CO2 emissions as a result improper operations and poorly conceived projects


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