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Basic Principles and Calculations in Process Technology by T. David Griffith

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Chapter 1. Introductory Concepts

1.1 Using This Book

1.2 Steps for Solving a Problem

1.3 Degrees of Freedom

1.4 Dimensional Consistency and the Dimensional Equation

1.5 The Big Four: Unit Operations of Process Technology

1.6 Concluding Comments

Problems

In many ways, the job of today’s operators in the hydrocarbon processing industry with its computerized displays is similar to that of an airline pilot in the modern glass cockpits of highly automated airliners. The pilot’s job has been described as hours of boredom punctuated by a few minutes of high activity during takeoffs and landings.

Pilots are required to understand aerodynamics, structural loadings, and meteorology even though they will never design an aircraft or forecast the weather. ...

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