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Basic Concepts

“Engineering is learning how to make a decision with insufficient information.”

—Anonymous

I.    FUNDAMENTALS

A.    INTRODUCTION AND SCOPE

The understanding of, and ability to predict, the flow behavior of fluids is fundamental to all aspects of the chemical engineering profession. Such behavior includes the relationship between the (driving) forces and the flow rates of various classes of fluids, and the characteristics of the equipment used to contain/handle/process these fluids. A wide variety of fluids with different properties may be encountered by the chemical engineer in the industrial applications that may be of concern in various chemical or petroleum process industries, biological or food and pharmaceutical industries, ...

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