Thursday, 30 June 2016

Chemical Process Plant Layout

 

I uploaded my new book on process plant layout to the publisher's website yesterday. It's three times as big as my first one on process and plant design, and it was quite a job of project management to make sure it was complete, current and correct with respect to consensus professional design practice. It also required the assistance of hundreds of plant layout designers. I am grateful to everyone who helped make the book a reality.

The book is an update of Mecklenburgh's Process Plant Layout from the 80's, and the table of contents of the new version goes like this:

CONTENTS
Dedication
Acknowledgements
Part I. GENERAL PRINCIPLES
1              Introduction
2              Layout in context
3              Site layout principles
4              Plot layout principles
5              Planning of layout activities
6              Methods for layout, conception and development
7              Layout analogues and visual aids
8              Hazard assessment of plant layout
Part II. DETAILED SITE AND PLOT LAYOUT
9              Transportation
10           Bulk Fluid storage
11           Bulk solids storage
12           Warehouse storage
13           Pollution Control
14           Utilities I : General
15           Utilities II : Water and Steam
16           Central services
17           Construction and layout
18           Details of plot layout
19           Layout within buildings
Part III. DETAILED LAYOUT OF EQUIPMENT
20           Tanks and Drums
21           Furnaces and fired equipment
22           Distillation columns and towers
23           Heat exchangers
24           Reactors
25           Mixers
26           Filters
27           Centrifuges
28           Solids handling plant
29           Dryers
30           Filling and packaging
PART IV: Detailed Layout: Materials Transfer Systems
31           Pumps
32           Compressors
33           Conveyors
34           Piping
PART V: Detailed Layout: Other
35           Pipe Stress Analysis
36           Instrumentation
Part VI APPENDICES       
A             CAD
B             Hazard assessment calculations
C             Typical data for preliminary layouts
D             Variants on the methodology
E              Masterplanning
F              Conversion factors for some common units
G             Consolidated Terminology / Glossary
H             Consolidated Standards and Codes of Practice

Managing the content of these thirty-six chapters and eight appendixes, such that all were in agreement and cross-referenced was a major task, as was updating and adding hundreds of illustrations, and seventy five case studies to illustrate the consequences of not following best practice.  

The book which was uploaded was my revision 9. My next book will not be such a logistical challenge, but I might be up for producing another tome like Process Plant Layout after that.

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