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Chemical Process Technology and Simulation

ISBN: 978-81-203-4709-0
Pages: 352
Binding: Paper Back


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Book Review
Author : SriKumar Koyikkal
Published by : PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.
Rimjhim House, 111, Patparganj Indutrial Estate,Delhi -110092
Website : www.phindia.com
Reviewer : Dr. M. P. Sukumaran Nair
Price : ` 395.00
Pages : 352
Publication Year : 2013
ISBN : 978-81-203-4709-0

This reader friendly book titled 'Chemical Process
Technology and Simulation' imparts experience based
theoretical knowledge to the student community in
chemical processing technology. In the midst of well-known
books on chemical processing technologies this literary
work stands out on account of its ability to package industry
based theoretical and practical knowledge in a very simple
and systematic manner. The author has been careful in
delivering the books message that can be easily understood
by a student. The book beings with a small introduction on
technologies, fundamental approach to design,
development of simulation and other tools for design. The
book is laid out in ten chapters covering a wide spectrum of
technologies including nanotechnology, modeling,
simulation and project economics.
Chapter 2 provides an overview of chemical products
derived from natural raw materials and biological and
chemical process. The products included in this chapter are
cardanol (a resin from cashew used in the paint industry),
alcohol and fermentation products, sea weed chemicals,
coal chemicals, pulp and paper, soaps and detergents,
rubber and leather, hydrogenation of vegetable oils and
Chapter 3 covers chemical derived from petroleum and
includes solvents, synthetic fibers, plastics and pesticides. It

covers methanol, phenol and acetone, liquefied petroleum
gas, synthetic fibers and basic petrochemicals.
Chapter 4 deals with in organic chemicals that are relevant
to modern living such as fertilizers, chlor alkali, glass, paint
varnishes, uranium and cement. Major products covered
here include calcium carbonate, phosphorous chemicals,
bulk chemicals hydrogen and ammonia, sulphuric acid, chlor
alkali products, glass, nitric acid, fertilizers, cement,
titanium dioxide, uranium and heavy water.

Chapter 5 & 6 dwells on the technologies involved in the oil
and gas industry. These chapters cover separation of crude
oil and purification of oil and gas from the crude petroleum,
pipeline transport of natural gas and refinery operations
such as distillation and different methods of cracking and
Chapter 7 discusses one of the upcoming frontiers in
chemical processing; nanotechnology.
Chapter 8 & 9 provides a practical approach for modeling of
industrial operations, its development and simulation.
Choosing the modeling of a primary reformer in an
ammonia plant, the author illustrates the various steps
involved in process modeling.
In Chapter 10, the fundamentals of cost estimation of
chemical plant and equipment, is very well depicted
through a number of designs based on costing approach.

A set of review questions at the end of each chapter makes
it a memorable learning experience for the students.
To summarize, the extensive knowledge and experience of
the author in process design of a number of large scale
fertilizer, petrochemical, refinery and pesticide units in
condensed with the synergistic combine of theoretical basis
and practical approach. It is this innovative thinking in
delivering chemical engineering to students and
practitioners' in the discipline in what makes the book
unique and relevant to teaching and learning chemical
engineering in our class rooms.
Chemical Industry Digest, April 2014