Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes
Robert Meyers | 2003-10-02 00:00:00 | McGraw-Hill Professional | 900 | Engineering
Handbook contains the latest technologies in the field of petroleum refining processes. Provides a detailed description and review of process chemistry and thermodynamics, product and by-product specifications, wastes, and emissions. Expanded to include 50% new material. Previous ed: c1997. DLC: Petroleum--Refining--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
This book was clearly written by a process engineer not a production engineer. A previous handbook, "Petroleum Processing Handbook," by Bland and Davidson is a perfect contrast to this text. Bland and Davidson wrote about processing details only someone familiar with refinery and oilfield practices would know intimately. None of these details are shared in this handbook.
In contrast, Meyer's handbook covers all the new technology from a developer's point of view. The detail is excellent, complete with tables showing who is using this technology worldwide and what product breaks can be expected from its employment. Meyer's book is useless to anyone new to oil refining but may be useful in the library of an old hand.
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Of the roughly 30 books I've purchased and studied over the past year on related subjects, this is without question the worst. It is essentially a collection of several hundred extremely elementary articles, mostly written at newspaper level. All give the impression that the corporate patent attorneys were standing over the authors' shoulders to make sure they didn't say anything important. It is a black mark on McGraw-Hill's reputation. The main reason I didn't return it was that some of the articles provide useful references to the patent and professional literature. Of course, there are some useful data scattered throughout the haystacks, particularly for the business managers, but the book takes up far too much valuable shelf space. -F. David Doty, PhD.
I am interested in this particular technology and, naturally wondered if this was the book I was looking for. This book is a hardcover textbook from McGrawHill and contains clear,concise text with the right balance of general knowledge, technical discussion and charts/diarams. From only a knowledge of basic chemistry to advanced degrees in Sciece and Engineering, this book satisfies all! It is impecable in quality and content and,well worth the cost and, was delivered promptly.
This handbook provides short (10 pages per process typically) descriptions of widely used chemical processes. The level of detail is appropriate for anyone with a technical backround.
Handbook of Petroleum Refining PROCESSES. Robert A. Meyers(Editor
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