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An Applied Guide to Process and Plant Design by Sean Moran

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Chapter 18

Design Optimization

Professional engineers optimize design by stages in consultation with other disciplines, business partners, and clients. It is an inherent part of the professional design process. Optimization is massively multifactorial, and often a product of complex negotiations. All professional engineers, however, agree that an optimal design is the most cost-effective, robust, and safe one achievable with available resources under prevailing conditions.

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Optimize design; professional

Introduction

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.

Donald Knuth

Contrary to popular academic opinion, availability of accurate information means that design optimization is most usually and always best applied after a plant has been ...

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