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Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering, Eight Edition

Book Description

The Number One Guide to Chemical Engineering Principles, Techniques, Calculations, and Applications: Now Even More Current, Efficient, and Practical

Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering, Eighth Edition goes far beyond traditional introductory chemical engineering topics, presenting applications that reflect the full scope of contemporary chemical, petroleum, and environmental engineering. Celebrating its fiftieth Anniversary as the field's leading practical introduction, it has been extensively updated and reorganized to cover today's principles and calculations more efficiently, and to present far more coverage of bioengineering, nanoengineering, and green engineering.

Offering a strong foundation of skills and knowledge for successful study and practice, it guides students through formulating and solving material and energy balance problems, as well as describing gases, liquids, and vapors. Throughout, the authors introduce efficient, consistent, student-friendly methods for solving problems, analyzing data, and gaining a conceptual, application-based understanding of modern chemical engineering processes. This edition's improvements include many new problems, examples, and homework assignments.

Coverage includes

  • Modular chapters designed to support introductory chemical engineering courses of any length

  • Thorough introductions to unit conversions, basis selection, and process measurements

  • Consistent, sound strategies for solving material and energy balance problems

  • Clear introductions to key concepts ranging from stoichiometry to enthalpy

  • Behavior of gases, liquids, and solids: ideal/real gases, single component two-phase systems, gas-liquid systems, and more

  • Self-assessment questions to help readers identify areas they don't fully understand

  • Thought/discussion and homework problems in every chapter

  • New biotech and bioengineering problems throughout

  • New examples and homework on nanotechnology, environmental engineering, and green engineering

  • Extensive tables, charts, and glossaries in each chapte

  • Many new student projects

  • Reference appendices presenting atomic weights and numbers, Pitzer Z factors, heats of formation and combustion, and more

Practical, readable, and exceptionally easy to use, Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering, Eighth Edition,is the definitive chemical engineering introduction for students, license candidates, practicing engineers, and scientists.


  • The latest Polymath trial software for solving linear, nonlinear, and differential equations and regression problems

  • Point-and-click physical property database containing 700+ compounds

  • Supplemental Problems Workbook containing 100+ solved problems

  • Descriptions and animations of modern process equipment

  • Chapters on degrees of freedom, process simulation, and unsteady-state material balances

  • Expert advice for beginners on problem-solving in chemical engineering

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication Page
  4. Contents
  5. Preface
  6. Read Me
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. About the Authors
  9. Part I: Introduction
    1. Chapter 1. What Are Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering?
    2. Chapter 2. Introductory Concepts
  10. Part II: Material Balances
    1. Chapter 3. Material Balances
    2. Chapter 4. Material Balances without Reaction
    3. Chapter 5. Material Balances Involving Reactions
    4. Chapter 6. Material Balances for Multi-Unit Systems
  11. Part III: Gases, Vapors, and Liquids
    1. Chapter 7. Ideal and Real Gases
    2. Chapter 8. Multiphase Equilibrium
  12. Part IV: Energy
    1. Chapter 9. Energy Balances
    2. Chapter 10. Energy Balances: How to Account for Chemical Reaction
    3. Chapter 11. Humidity (Psychrometric) Charts and Their Use
  13. Part V: Supplementary Material
    1. Chapter 12. Analysis of the Degrees of Freedom in Steady-State Processes
    2. Chapter 13. Heats of Solution and Mixing
    3. Chapter 14. The Mechanical Energy Balance
    4. Chapter 15. Liquids and Gases in Equilibrium with Solids
    5. Chapter 16. Solving Material and Energy Balances using Process Simulators (Flowsheeting Codes)
    6. Chapter 17. Unsteady-State Material and Energy Balances
  14. Appendixes
    1. Appendix A. Answers to Supplemental Questions and Problems
    2. Appendix B. Atomic Weights and Numbers
    3. Appendix C. Tables of the Pitzer Z0 and Z1 Factors
    4. Appendix D. Heats of Formation and Combustion
    5. Appendix E. Answers to Selected Problems
    6. Appendix F. Physical Properties of Various Organic and InorganicSubstances
    7. Appendix G. Heat Capacity Equations
    8. Appendix H. Vapor Pressures
    9. Appendix I. Heats of Solution and Dilution
    10. Appendix J. Enthalpy-Concentration Data
    11. Appendix K. Thermodynamic Charts
    12. Appendix L. Physical Properties of Petroleum Fractions
    13. Appendix M. Solution of Sets of Equations
    14. Appendix N. Fitting Functions to Data
  15. Index
  16. Problems Workbook Index
  17. CD-ROM Warranty
  18. Where are the Companion Content Files?
  19. Footnotes
    1. Chapter 2
    2. Chapter 5
    3. Chapter 7
    4. Chapter 8
    5. Chapter 9
    6. Chapter 10
    7. Chapter 12
    8. Chapter 13
    9. Chapter 14
    10. Appendix L
    11. Appendix M
    12. Appendix N