Covering the important task of the scale-up of processes from the laboratory to the production scale, this easily comprehensible and transparent book is divided into two sections. The first part details the theoretical principles, introducing the subject for readers without a profound prior knowledge of mathematics. It discusses the fundamentals of dimensional analysis, the treatment of temperature-dependent and rheological material values and scale-up where model systems or not available or only partly similar. All this is illustrated by 20 real-world examples, while 25 exercises plus solutions new to this edition practice and monitor learning.
The second part presents the individual basic operations and covers the fields of mechanical, thermal, and chemical process engineering with respect to dimensional analysis and scale-up. The rules for scale-up are given and discussed for each operation. Other additions to this second edition are dimensional analysis of pelleting processes, and a historical overview of dimensional analysis and modeling, while all the chapters have been updated to take the latest literature into account.
Written by a specialist with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, this book is specifically aimed at students as well as practicing engineers, chemists and process engineers already working in the field.
Table of contents
History of Dimensional Analysis and Modelling
Generation of Pi-sets by Matrix Transformation
Scale-invariance of the Pi-space - the Foundation of Scale-up
Important Tips concerning the Compilation of the Problem Relevance List
Important Aspects Concerning Scale-up
Preliminary Summary of the Scale-up Essentials
Treatment of Variable Physical Properties by Dimensional Analysis
Reduction of the Pi-space
Typical Problems and Mistakes in the Use of Dimensional Analysis
Optimization of Process Conditions by Combining Process Characteristics
Selected Examples of the Dimensional Analytical Treament of Processes in the Field of Mechanical Unit Operations
Selected Examples of the Dimensional-analytical Treatment of Processes in the Field of Thermal Unit Operations
Selected Examples of the Dimensional-analytical Treatment of Processes in the Field of Chemical Unit Operations
Selected Examples of the Dimensional-analytical Treatment of Processes from the Living World
Exercises on Dimensional Analysis
Solutions to the Exercises
List of Important, Named Pi-numbers
"... This book presents the dimensional analysis as the only secure foundation for scale-up in such a way that it can be immediately and easily understood, even without a mathematical background. ..."
Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
"...Written by an expert with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, this book is specifically aimed at students as well as practicing enginerrs, chemists and process engineers already working in the field."
Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 04/2007