Chapter 2. The Structure and Synthesis of Process Flow Diagrams

What You Will Learn

• The hierarchy of chemical process design

• The structure of continuous chemical processes

• The differences between batch and continuous processes

When looking at a process flow diagram (PFD) for the first time, it is easy to be confused or overwhelmed by the complexity of the diagram. The purpose of this chapter is to show that the evolution of every process follows a similar path. The resulting processes will often be quite different, but the series of steps that have been followed to produce the final processes are similar. Once the path or evolution of the structure of processes has been explained and is understood, the procedure for understanding existing ...

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