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Safety and Risk Management Tools and Techniques in the CPI by G.S. Samdani (ed.) McGraw-Hill Inc. New York (1996). 350 pages

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Book Reviews
Instrumentation and Process Control, by N.P. Chopey (ed.),
McGraw-Hill Inc., New York (1 996). 250 pages. ISBN 0-07-01 1687-3.
Heat Transfer Technologies and Practices for Effective Energy
Management, by G.S. Samdani (ed.), McGraw-Hill Inc., New York
(1996). 250 pages. ISBN 0-07-057769-2.
Safety and Risk Management Tools and Techniques in the CPI, by
G.S. Samdani (ed.), McGraw-Hill Inc., New York (1996). 350 pages.
ISBN 0-07-057768-4.
The reason these three books are grouped together for review is that despite the
obviously different topics, they all comprise reprint papers from Chemical
Engineering (New York) magazine. They are from the McGraw-Hill Catalogue of
Professional and Reference Books. This type of book, the journal article reprint
volume, was popular in the early eighties but then went out of favour possibly caused
by low sales and also, or due to, a high price? These volumes are approximately
Aust.$l40 each and are certainly not cheap, even as hardcover volumes. The
purchase of such a volume depends upon the individual viewpoint, personally I like
these books - mainly for use by my undergraduates (library copies) to provide an
industrial perspective on selected course topics. However, I would not purchase my
own copy as the original papers would serve equally as well.
These books would all benefit fiom inclusion of an up-to-date Introduction
which puts the particular field into perspective regarding recent developments and the
state-of-the-art. As all the books are divided into several appropriate sections, an
editorial overview and pertinent comments at these junctures on specific
developments since the original papers were published would be valuable.
Alternatively the original authors could have provided updated comments. The lack
of editorial direction is the main drawback in each case. The papers selected were
published since 1990, and there is a note in the Instrumentation and Process Control
volume regarding the rapid changes in technology! However, some more detailed
discussion and update is still necessary.
On a more positive note, I liked and approve of all these volumes as they make
excellent quick reference guides for specific topics for students, lecturers and industry
practitioners. Each book is well organised by the editor into relevent sections and the
papers included are appropriate for the aim of the book. The instrumentation volume
is probably the area which will become most quickly dated, although the Safety and
Risk Management volume begins with Section I: The Regulatory Scene comprising
four papers, one each fiom 1992-1995! A minor point, but in the Heat Transfer
volume I suspect that metric practitioners will probably not warm to an article titled:
Make Every Btu Count (p. 19 I)?
The papers have been “smartened up” and are not just reprints of the original
journal copy. Thankfully, the original page numbers are removed and the entire book
is numbered sequentially. An additional bonus is the inclusion of a detailed index in
each volume. Although the year of publication of each paper is included, the full
reference is omitted which seems strange. At the price they will be library rather than
individual purchases. Personally I would like to see more of these volumes produced
but with the improvements noted above, and a lower price (are they really that
expensive to produce?).
Martyn S. Ray
Processfindustrial Instruments & Controls Handbook, 4th edition,
by D.M. Considine (ed.), McGraw-Hill Inc., New York (1993). 972
pages. ISBN 0-07-012445-0.
This book is from the McGraw-Hill Professional and Reference Catalogue. As such
it is a handbook of useful and practical information, mainly for reference by industrial
engineers. However, undergraduates would benefit enormously from a quick look
through this book in terms of gaining an appreciation of the industrial application of
process control, and the necessary knowledge of instrumentation that is required.
This book should be a mandatory practical reference for students as part of their
university process control studies - but, of course, it is not intended to be a teaching
text. The Introductory Review (pages 1.1 to 1.12) alone provides a valuable
perspective on this topic.
There are nine sections covering controllers, control systems, instrumentation,
analyzers, communications, and hardware (e.g. control valves and actuators). Each
section is written by a set of industrial experts, and the standard of writing and level
of presentation is excellent and easy to follow. The book contains over 1000 pages
and includes a 20 page index. However, the references are not particularly up to date
or extensive, which is a major drawback for a reference handbook. Despite the time
it must have taken to compile the various sections, it should have been possible to
include current bibliographies at the end of each chapter. Section 6: Physicochemical
and Analytical Systems will be particularly useful to anyone who has not had to
consider analysis techniques in any detail, including final year undergraduates! It
would have been better to include Section 9: Valves, Servos, Motors and Robots after
Section 3: Controllers. Overall it does the job of an industrial handbook very well, as
would be expected. The young engineer entering this field would be well advised to
have a copy handy on their office bookshelf.
Martyn S. Ray
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