# Studying chemical engineering looking for some book recommendations.

• SmileMoar
In summary: Morimoto wrote:In summary, chemical engineering is a very versatile and growing field that can offer you many opportunities in the manufacturing industry.
SmileMoar
Hi guys,

As the title suggest I am an student chemical engineer and was wondering if anybody could advise on some good books for the following subjects. I have used spoiler tags to hide the specific areas I will be covering so as to make this post a bit neater.

Fluid Mechanics.
Covering: Modes of heat transfer, energy balances; Conduction (1-D & 2-D steady, lumped & 1-D transient); Heat exchangers (types, OHTC, fouling, LMTD and e-NTU analyses, detailed design of shell and tube heat exchangers); Convection ( forced convection correlations for internal & external flow, free convection correlations, boiling and condensation equations); Radiation (the blackbody, radiative surface properties, Kirchhoff’s law, view factors, radiation network diagrams, radiation exchange between surfaces, radiation shields)

Process Heat Transfer.
Covering: Modes of heat transfer, energy balances; Conduction (1-D & 2-D steady, lumped & 1-D transient); Heat exchangers (types, OHTC, fouling, LMTD and e-NTU analyses, detailed design of shell and tube heat exchangers); Convection ( forced convection correlations for internal & external flow, free convection correlations, boiling and condensation equations); Radiation (the blackbody, radiative surface properties, Kirchhoff’s law, view factors, radiation network diagrams, radiation exchange between surfaces, radiation shields)

Process Mass Transfer.
Covering: Molecular diffusion and convective diffusion, types of mass transfer coefficient. Interphase mass Transfer and Two resistance model, overall mass transfer coefficient. Equilibrium and Rate Processes. Distillation, V-L Equilibrium, Binary Equilibria, Enthalpy-concentration diagram, McCabe Thiele and Ponchon-Savarit methods of design for the unit operations of distillation. Material balance in contacting equipment, counter current mass transfer, staged and continuous contact processes. Gas Absorption and Packed Tower Design. Packings and Column Internals. Solvent Extraction and Leaching. Humidification.

CE Thermodynamics.
Covering: Introduction and Definitions; First Law of Thermodynamics; Volumetric Properties of Pure Fluids and mixtures; Second Law of Thermodynamics; Thermodynamic properties of pure Fluids and mixtures; Production of Power; Ideal and Non-ideal Vapour Liquid Equilibrium; Solution Thermodynamics; Chemical Reaction Equilibria.

Transport Phenomena (Bird, Stewart, and Lightfoot) for Fluid mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Mass Transfer.

Mass Transfer operations (Treybel)

Heat Transmission (McAdams ) for Practical Heat Exchanger Design

Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (Smith and Van Ness)

Bird, Stewart, and Lightfoot is a spectacular text.

Perry's Handbook for Chemical Engineers. Enjoy!

What topics do chemical engineers cover?

SmileMoar said:
Hi guys,

As the title suggest I am an student chemical engineer and was wondering if anybody could advise on some good books for the following subjects. I have used spoiler tags to hide the specific areas I will be covering so as to make this post a bit neater.

Fluid Mechanics: Modes of heat transfer, energy balances; Conduction (1-D & 2-D steady, lumped & 1-D transient); Heat exchangers (types, OHTC, fouling, LMTD and e-NTU analyses, detailed design of shell and tube heat exchangers); Convection ( forced convection correlations for internal & external flow, free convection correlations, boiling and condensation equations); Radiation (the blackbody, radiative surface properties, Kirchhoff’s law, view factors, radiation network diagrams, radiation exchange between surfaces, radiation shields)

Process Heat Transfer: Modes of heat transfer, energy balances; Conduction (1-D & 2-D steady, lumped & 1-D transient); Heat exchangers (types, OHTC, fouling, LMTD and e-NTU analyses, detailed design of shell and tube heat exchangers); Convection ( forced convection correlations for internal & external flow, free convection correlations, boiling and condensation equations); Radiation (the blackbody, radiative surface properties, Kirchhoff’s law, view factors, radiation network diagrams, radiation exchange between surfaces, radiation shields)

Process Mass Transfer: Molecular diffusion and convective diffusion, types of mass transfer coefficient. Interphase mass Transfer and Two resistance model, overall mass transfer coefficient. Equilibrium and Rate Processes. Distillation, V-L Equilibrium, Binary Equilibria, Enthalpy-concentration diagram, McCabe Thiele and Ponchon-Savarit methods of design for the unit operations of distillation. Material balance in contacting equipment, counter current mass transfer, staged and continuous contact processes. Gas Absorption and Packed Tower Design. Packings and Column Internals. Solvent Extraction and Leaching. Humidification.

CE Thermodynamics: Introduction and Definitions; First Law of Thermodynamics; Volumetric Properties of Pure Fluids and mixtures; Second Law of Thermodynamics; Thermodynamic properties of pure Fluids and mixtures; Production of Power; Ideal and Non-ideal Vapour Liquid Equilibrium; Solution Thermodynamics; Chemical Reaction Equilibria.

What SmileMoar said

How well is chemical engineering for a growing industry such as nanotechnology? In your opinion is it available?

Colocho310 said:
How well is chemical engineering for a growing industry such as nanotechnology? In your opinion is it available?

Yes, it can be done. ChemE will offer you the versatility of going into many manufacturing fields. But really no matter what, job experience is going to be the primary source of learning in a given field. So either a degree in nanotechnology would work, or a more broad degree like MechE/ChemE could be successful. Really up to you.

Colocho310 said:
How well is chemical engineering for a growing industry such as nanotechnology? In your opinion is it available?

There is quite a bit of work going on now in ChE departments at universities in the area of nanotechnology. Check out University of Michigan.

Chet

## 1. What is the best book for beginners in chemical engineering?

The best book for beginners in chemical engineering is "Introduction to Chemical Engineering: Tools for Today and Tomorrow" by Kenneth A. Solen and John N. Harb. It covers all the fundamental concepts in an easy-to-understand manner.

## 2. Are there any books that focus on specific areas of chemical engineering?

Yes, there are many books that focus on specific areas of chemical engineering such as process design, thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and chemical kinetics. Some popular titles include "Chemical Process Design and Integration" by Robin Smith, "Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics" by J.M. Smith, and "Transport Processes and Separation Process Principles" by Christie John Geankoplis.

## 3. Are there any recommended books for advanced studies in chemical engineering?

For advanced studies, "Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics" by J.H. van Ness and M.M. Abbott is a highly recommended book. It covers topics such as phase equilibria, chemical reactions, and multicomponent systems in-depth.

## 4. Are there any books that cover the practical aspects of chemical engineering?

Yes, "Practical Aspects of Chemical Engineering" by Joseph B. Benedicts and Perry L. McCarty is a great book for understanding the practical applications of chemical engineering principles. It includes case studies, real-world examples, and problem-solving exercises.

## 5. Is there a book that covers both theoretical and practical aspects of chemical engineering?

"Chemical Engineering: An Introduction" by Morton Denn is a comprehensive book that covers both the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical engineering. It is a great resource for students and professionals alike, as it provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals as well as practical applications of the field.

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