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Process Plant Design and Operation by D. Scott and F. Crawley. Institution of Chemical Engineers UK (1992). 141 pp

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hate this approach! Why? Because it requires them to think outside the
‘guidelines’ of a traditional textbook (e.g. Coulson and Richardson) and beyond
the standard tutorial-type problems. It asks the reader to do what they should be
required to do more often - namely, to tackle unfamiliar problems and situations.
Perhaps some lecturers might like to consider this option?
Martyn S Ray
Process Plant Design and Operation, by D. Scott and F. Crawley. Institution of
Chemical Engineers, UK (1992). 141 pp. ISBN 0-85295-278-3.
This book is another new publication from the IChemE in their excellent series of
User Guides, replacing Flowsheeting for Safety. The series is well known for the
practical content and useful advice and this book maintains that tradition. It covers
many aspects of importance to graduate engineers and is written by two
practitioners working in the field of loss prevention and safety. The Forward states
that it was intended to provide general advice on safety and loss prevention to
young graduate engineers. The book does this very well, but it will also be useful
to final year undergraduates and should be essential reading as part of a plant
desigdsafety unit. It will provide a good supplement to the writings of Trevor
Kletz! The basic message of this book is that “safetyshould be considered at the
design stage of every project, this makes plant development cheaper and safer“. I
would hope that this is emphasised many times to our undergraduates. Although
safety and loss prevention are probably mainly confined to a particular section of
the syllabus, I hope that their importance is stressed during all laboratory and
design studies. In most chapters safety is considered during the four major phases
of a project, namely conceptual design, detailed design, start-up, and operation.
This makes the layout and scope of the book easy to follow, but it also runs the
risk of letting the reader think that safety can be pigeon holed! The authors warn
in the Appendix when considering the presentation of checklists that “there is a
danger that slavish adherence will follow ...“
These points aside, the book is clearly written, well presented, easy to follow,
and has a lack of typographical errors. It covers the topics in a logical and
interesting manner and provides much practical advice for the reader relatively
new to the subject. So why did I feel dissatisfied while reading the book and what
was missing? The contents and presentation made good sense, and it didn’t make
any claims to be a comprehensive reference source on the subject. Finally I
decided that the problem was a lack of case study material illustrating the use of
some of the principles presented. It came over as too many facts and ideas without
the applications! The book would make a good basis for a lecture course where
the lecturer added case studies and assignments to illuminate and use the text
material. However, for the solitary reader it was certainly interesting but lacked a
vital ingredient, and at 141 pages, there is space to add some extra material!
HAZOP studies in particular (in Chapter 6) really need a practical example to
illustrate the ideas proposed. These comments should not detract from the overall
usefulness of this book. It is a valuable addition to the literature but it is more
suited to undergraduates than young graduate engineers. The book should provide
an interesting read and valuable pointers to graduates. But I hope the next edition
includes some examples of applications of the principles, or maybe even
structuring the text around a major case study.
Martyn S Ray
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