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Computer-Controlled Batch Processing by P. Sawyer Institution of Chemical Engineers UK (1993). 177 pages

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respectively. My recommendation is to get these books but also to photocopy some
of Kletz's journal articles as supplementary reading to intersperse with the theory.
Even better, buy the latest Kletz monograph (reviewed above).
Maltyn s. Ray
Quality Assurance: A guide to the application of IS0 9001 to process plant
projects, including a copy of BSI 5750: Part UISO 9001, Institution of Chemical
Engineers, UK (1993).41 page guide plus BSI 5750 (7 pages). ISBN 0-85295-300-3.
This IChemE guide is edited by F. Owen and D. Maidment and is a guide to the
application of IS0 9001 to process plant projects. It is a guide to the use of Quality
Assurance (QA) and Total Quality Management ('TQM) as set out in BSI 5750,and
applied to the chemical industry in conjunction with the international standard IS0
9OOO series. This series is the formalised QA management system. The price is f29
which for 48 pages will probably also lead to significant illegal photocopying. This
guide is meant to compliment the IChemE Red and Green Books on contracts.
The guide is very well organised and presented, and begins with a brief
introduction, scope, references and definitions. The main body of the book is
Section 4 (35 pages) divided into 20 sub-sections corresponding directly to the
sections in BSI 5750,Part 1. This section covers a wide range of aspects of chemical
plant projects such as design control; purchasing; inspection and testing; process
control; etc. This book is a must for anyone involved in the implementation and
use/compliance with QA and TQM principles and systems.
Also included in this package (in a boxed folder) is a copy of the standard BSI
5750; Part 1: 1987 / ISO9001-1987/ EN29001-1987,namely BS Quality Systems.
Part 1 covers the specification for design/development, production, installation and
servicing (7 pages). This guide is an excellent reference source and essential for the
1990s.
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n s. Ray
Computer-Controlled Batch Processing, by P. Sawyer, Institution of Chemical
Engineers, UK (1993). 177 pages. ISBN 0-85295-295-3.
The author has extensive experience in this area and has published many articles
(often in The Chemical Engineer, IChemE). This book is a welcome addition to the
IChemE publication list As with many of their "design" guides it is intended to
whet the appetite, provide an insight into the current state of development, and
provide a reasonably concise (177pages here) overview of the subject. Paul Sawyer
is an appropriate choice of author having been awarded an IChemE Industrial
Fellowship to prepare this guide. He identifies relevent and important aspects, and
he describes the important aspects in a clear and concise way.
The book is divided into 6 chapters followed by 3 case studies. Of course, in
many ways it is the latter that make the most interestingreading. I would have been
quite happy with an entire book of case studies! That is not to say that the book is
dry - it is remarkably easy reading even for those not working in the field of
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computer applications. Chapter 3 on Batch Control Systems Architecture is well
presented and a necessary inclusion,but it is not as inspiring as the other chapm.
After the 'introductory' chapters (1 to 3), the remainder of the book deals with
Project Management (4); Safety and Environmental Aspects (5); and Integrating
Plant Operations (6). These last three chapters should be essential reading for all
final year chemical engineering undergraduates, to hopefully provide them with
some insight into the wider range of topics they will meet in their careers in industry.
A useful glossary of terms is included as an Appendix - but why not put it at the start
of Chapter 1 where it might get noticed? An excellent book,presenting useful and
interesting coverage at a level suitable for a wide range of readers.
Martyn S.Ray
Thermodynamic Properties of Isomerization Reactions, by ML. Frenlcel, G.Y.
Kabo, and GN. Roganov, Hemisphere Publishing Corporation, USA (1993). 229
pages. ISBN 1-56032-111-3.
My fist impression is that this is a very expensive research monograph. I really
wonder at the justification of Aust$254 for 229 pages? Perhaps the publishers are
only expecting to sell 100 copies, at this price that is about all they will sell as
photocopy pirates will probably do the rest! The title says it all as it consists of
nearly 200 pages of tables of transport properties of isomerization reactions. It is a
translation of a 1988 edition published by Minsk "Universitetkoc". It provides a
complete coverage of the data and includes 263 references which constituted the
original information sources.
The unique feature of this book compared to other monographs on transport
properties of substances and compounds is that it addresses the almost complete lack
of information on organic compound reactions and chemical equilibrium in a single
volume. This book covers the past 25 years and includes approximately 1000
isomerization reactions. It contains primarily the results of investigations of the
equilibrium of isomers, and also some calorimetric data. The thermodynamic data
are of particular interest because isomers most clearly display the relationship
between the structure and properties of compounds, and constitute the steps of
industrial processes.
The 15 pages of introductory text provide background detail and explanation, but
this is primarily a research and reference monograph for those already working in
this area. It is a valuable compilation of information, it has a very specific but
limited audience, and at this price will undoubtedly only sell to libraries.
Martyn S.Ray
Biotechnology from A to Z, by W.Bains, Oxford University Press, UK (1993).
358 pages. ISBN 019-963334-7.
A very interesting introduction by G.K. Raab on the development and impact of the
biotechnology industry is most appropriate for this book. The book is literally an A
to 2,a dictionary or encyclopedia or both, although strictly speaking not sufficiently
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