Chapter 1

Process Plant Design

Process plant design involves making choices between a great many options in an uncertain environment in order to optimize cost, safety, and robustness. Professional design processes are similar across disciplines, sectors, and worldwide, as a result of their evolution to fit the professional design environment. Academics have dreamt up many alternatives to them, but these captive-bred strains never survive in the wild.


Process plant design; engineering; methodology


Whilst this may not be as obvious to today’s students of the subject as it should be, chemical engineering is a kind of engineering, rather than a branch of chemistry.

Similarly, professional engineering design practice has next to nothing ...

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