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Process Plant Layout and Piping Design by E.F. Bausbacher and R.W. Hunt Prentice-Hall Inc. New Jersey USA (1993). 442 pages

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pages) on Reactors; Chapter 5 (180 pages) on Biochemical Reactors; Chapter 6 (120
pages) on Sensors for Measurement and Control; and Chapter 7 (180 pages) on
Process Control. The material in Chapter 5 on Biochemical Reactors covers the
nature of reaction processes controlled by micro-organisms and enzymes (with
background material on microbiology and biochemistry), and the unique process
engineering principles of biochemical reactors.
My main concern in reviewing this book is not in the accuracy or appropriateness
of the material, in a 3rd edition they must be able to get that correct. My question is
rather whether there is a need for this book? It is meant to be an undergraduate
teaching text and yet it contains very few worked examples which are so essential for
effective student use of such a textbook. For example, there are 7 examples in
Chapter 1, 3 in Chapter 2, 10 in Chapter 3, and only 3 in Chapter 5. This does not
help the student to see applications of the principles presented in the text. There is a
collection of problems at the end of the book (pp. 737-749), but why here rather than
in each chapter? The solutions to these problems are presented in a separate solutions
manual (Volume 5 ) , which can be purchased by students and therefore help them
avoid actually doing the problems! What this book needs is far more worked
examples within each chapter, and problems with a solutions manual for lecturers to
use. It might then actually be useful for the teaching process. The references are not
particularly up to date, but acceptable for an undergraduate teaching text.
The book is very “heavy” on text, not a reader-friendly or student-friendly book to
use for study. A generalist text of this type needs less text, and more examples and
problems. It also needs to have an advantage over other texts covering the same
material, I cannot find such an advantage and I think undergraduates would be better
directed to individual modem texts dealing specifically with the two topics which
have been condensed into this volume.
Martyn S.Ray
Process Plant Layout and Piping Design, by E.F. Bausbacher and R.W. Hunt,
&entice-Hall, Inc., New Jersey, USA (1993). 442 pages. ISBN 0-13-138629-8.
This is a very useful book - for academics, students and practicing engineers - as it
covers a topic not usually presented in sufficient detail in other engineering books.
Equipment layout and piping design are often learned by graduate engineers from
their peers and in a working design environment. Sadly these aspects of plant design
are often overlooked in an undergraduate course. This book redresses this imbalance
between academic knowledge and practical application. The first three chapters
should be essential reading for junior undergraduate engineering students of all
disciplines as they give substance to the question: “What is practical everyday
engineering all about?” Chapter 2: Plant Equipment Layout Specification, and
Chapter 3: Plot Plans (i.e. site layout) illustrate the basics of what is involved in
engineering design and its professional presentation in drawings.
Chapters 4 to 10 cover the layout of particular items, e.g. compressors,
exchangers, towers. In short, the pructicul nature of engineering that is often omitted
from an engineering course and supposedly learned in the “real world”! Chapters 11
to 15 cover the practicalities of piping design, e.g. pipe racks (Chapter 1l), structural
details (Chapter 12), underground piping (Chapter 13), instrumentation (Chapter 14),
and liquid storage tanks (Chapter 15). Stress analysis is presented in Chapter 16 in an
easy to follow way, not too detailed (for chemical engineers) as in many academic
mechanical engineering texts. The process example used in Chapter 16 would have
required 3000 isometrics! The use of CAD is discussed in Chapter 17, as related to
drawings and 3D models (layout), etc., not including process modeling and
simulation packages. Overall this is an excellent book presenting practical details
which undergraduates will encounter immediately they enter the ‘‘real world”! Better
to have a look sooner and at leisure, rather than a crash course!
Martyn S. Ray
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