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Data for Process Design and Engineering Practice by D.R. Woods Prentice-Hall Inc. New Jersey USA (1995). 140 pages

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Package. In particular, the book contains good reference sources and recommendations
for further reading. The material is based mainly on EPA manuals from the USA, due
to the lack of other sources.
Chapter 1 discusses the environmental and regulatory driving forces which must
be considered, and Chapter 2 summarises the possible benefits (financial,
environmental, health and safety) which can result from implementing waste
minimization strategies. Chapter 3 considers the obstacles to implementing a waste
minimization plan, and emphasises the need for a commitment by the company and
senior management. The textual heart of the book is Chapter 4: Methodology of
and this is followed by details of Practical
Waste Minimization (pp.15-39),
Techniques (Chapter 5 ; pp.40-56). Chapter 5 is excellent and is interspersed with case
studies. This book should be essential reading for undergraduates, and should also
provide a useful and concise overview for industry. Highly recommended.
Martyn S. Ray
Process Design and Engineering Practice, by D.R. Woods, Rentice-Hall, Inc., New
Jersey, USA (1995).450 pages. ISBN 0-13-805755-9.
Data for Process Design and Engineering Practice, by D.R. Woods, Prentice-Hall,
Inc., New Jersey, USA (1995).140pages. ISBN 0-13-318149-9.
My summary of these companion books by Professor Woods is to recommend that
anyone involved in chemical process design, whether practicing engineer or teacher,
should go out immediately and purchase both volumes. Books of this calibre which
contain such a wealth of ideas and information should be essential reference sources
and they will not end up gathering dust. These books could be compared to Chemical
Process Selection by Walas, but the publication of another book of this type is merely
an added advantage to the would-be designer. There can be no oversupply of this type
of book, provided it is well written and factually correct, this book fulfills both
criteria.
The main volume contains 200 worked examples and over 500 charts and tables.
Chapter I provides an introduction in a practical rather than an abstract way, and is
followed by chapters on Transportation, and Energy Exchange. Chapters 4 to 6 are
minichapters (?) dealing with selecting options for the separation of phases or
components, and for reaction and storage. The only minor criticisms are that the
references are not particularly up to date, and some of the equations/correlations
chosen have now been superceeded by more generally applicable equations.
However, the user would never rely on a single reference source and would be
expected to supplement thls book with their own data and methods from a range of
sources. The book will be widely used by academics and practicing engineers, but it
should also be used as background reading by undergraduates when they study units
on mass transfer, separation processes, fluid flow, etc., as it will provide the
necessary practical insight on applications of the basic principles for the actual
equipment design. This is an aspect that is often missing and comes as a rude
awakening in the final year.
I wonder why the data book is published separately? The main volume at 450
pages could easily have been enlarged by 150 pages to incorporate them both without
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becoming unwieldy. As any purchaser will undoubtedly obtain both volumes this
seems a strange decision, unless it is to maximise profits and offset resistance to
paying over US$lOO for a book? If you are not sure whether you need this book then
request an inspection copy, I am sure your cheque will follow in the mail very soon.
An excellent addition to the chemical engineering literature, and an essential
reference source.
Martyn S.Ray
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