Rules of Thumb in Engineering Practice by Donald R. Woods
This book is unique in its consistency in terminology and units, in its extensive cross referencing, in the range of process equipment considered, in the depth and breadth of coverage for each piece of equipment, in the coding of the source of the rule of thumb, in its synthesis of the information into convenient and easy-to-use formats and because it considers issues not usually considered in book about rules of thumb: career skills, how to function effectively and the people side of engineering.
This book is unique in its consistency in terminology and units. Tower or column? motionless mixer or static mixer? tray or plate? – these are just some of the terms that are used interchangeably when discussing process equipment. In this book consistent use of terms has been applied. The SI units of measurement are used throughout the text.
This book is unique in its extensive cross referencing. Some pieces of equipment are used for many different purposes. For example, fluidized beds are selected, sized and operated as heat exchangers, dryers, reactors, coaters and agglomerates. The details are given for each specific application with cross referencing to lead to other uses and rules of thumb. This cross referencing is included in each pertinent section and in the lengthy index.
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This book is unique in the range of process equipment considered. Books on rules of thumb often focus on the familiar equipment: centrifugal pumps, shell and tube exchangers, and distillation columns, few consider solids processing equipment; and solid–solid separators are rarely discussed. In this book I have tried to consider an extremely broad range of over 350 types of equipment, especially some of the lesser-known equipment, such as prilling, flakers, electrostatic separators, magnetic separators, foam fractionation, expellers, zone refiners and multiple hearth furnaces.
This book is unique in the depth and breadth of coverage for each piece of equipment. Wherever possible, for each piece of equipment I have tried to include five dimensions important for the practicing engineer: the area of application (or when to use a particular type of equipment); guidelines for sizing; an approximate capital cost including hard-to-locate installation factors; principles of good practice and approaches for trouble shooting.
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