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Chemical engineering general references and search engines

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Process Systems Engineering A virtual issue of the AIChE Journal containing the most cited papers in process systems engineering in its almost 60 years of publication, with some from Clarkson faculty members.

Design strategy

Flow Diagrams (Block diagrams, process flow diagrams, piping and instrumentation diagrams)

On-line sources available through Clarkson.  Most are searchable. 

·         Clarkson catalog

·         Clarkson interlibrary loan

·         Engineering Village Ei link (The best search engine for technical papers, patents, websites, other data bases.)

·         Clarkson's Complete Journal List (Many available online.)

·         Clarkson library searchable databases

·         Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (CRC)

·         Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology (after searching, click on Section Text in HTML).  Hard copy also available in the library (Ref 660.3 E56e3). 

·         Knovel handbooks and books  (Also available through the AIChE.)  Excellent on-line source of all sorts of information.  A few examples:

·         CRC Press Engineering Electronic Library
Search for “Albright’s Chemical Engineering Handbook” for a competitor to Perry’s handbook.

·         Wilson Web search engine

·         Chemical Week
Search to find articles about particular chemicals, such as manufacturers, production rates, prices

·         Chemistry and Industry
Click on one issue, and then Find to search for news about particular chemicals from many sources.

·         ICIS Chemical Business
Formerly Chemical Market Reporter; Click on one issue, and then Find to search for news about particular chemicals from many sources

·         Hydrocarbon Processing
Mostly news items, but also process engineering advice, marketing information and costs; figures not provided in online version

·         Oil & Gas Journal
Search for news about oil refining, petrochemical and biofuel manufacturing, including plant costs and chemical prices

·         Chemical Engineering
atest issue in the library at TP1.C3

·         Chemical Engineering Progress
Also available online via the
AIChE; latest issue in the library at TP155.A55

·         Industrial & Engineering Research

·         Encyclopedic Dictionary of Named Processes in Chemical Technology

Other on-line sources

·         Access Engineering (McGraw-Hill books, available free for AIChE members through their site)

·         Perry's Chemical Engineers’ Handbook, 8th edition

·         Marks’ Standard Handbook for Mechanical Engineers, 11th Edition

·         Chemical Process and Design Handbook

·         Handbook of Chemical Engineering Calculations, 3rd Edition

·         Handbook of Environmental Engineering Calculations, 2nd Edition

·         Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes, Third Edition

·         Heat Transfer in Process Engineering

·         Industrial Chemical Process Design

·         Properties of Gases and Liquids, Fifth Edition

·         Pump Handbook, 4th Edition

·         Working Guide to Process Equipment, 3rd Edition

·         Chemical Reactor Design, Optimization and Scaleup

·         2011 review of green chemistry

·         Green chemicals news

·         Chemical Processing

·         MIT Open Courseware

·         ICIS Chemical Business ; Student site
Many useful links, including prices of many chemicals about one year ago

·         Patent information

·         US Patent and Tradmark Office
Find patent by topic, number, inventor, company, etc.

·         Department of Energy
Reports, data, software, etc.

·         On-line engineering calculators
Reynolds number, pipe friction, unit conversion, beams (strength of materials), flowmeters, radiation, etc.

·         Engineering page
Properties data base, pressure drop, pipe sizing, centrifugal pump sizing, heat exchangers with thermal rating

Excellent references at Clarkson’s library

·         “McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology": Ref 503 M147e7

·         "Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry": Ref 660.0321 U41e5

·         “Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design": Ref 660.28 E56c.  68 volumes plus 2002 supplement.

·         “Handbook of Petrochemicals Production Processes,” edited by Robert A. Meyers (McGraw-Hill, NY, 2005) 665.538 H236

·         "Riegel's Handbook of Industrial Chemistry": Ref 66 R554h9

·         “Rules of Thumb for Chemical Engineers,” 2nd edition, Carl Branan, editor.  Gulf Publishing Company (1998), 660 R935

·         “Handbook of Petrochemicals Production Processes,” Robert A. Meyers, editor, McGraw-Hill (2005), 665.538 H236.  Manufacturing methods for common petrochemicals written by experts.  Includes economic data that are otherwise very difficult to obtain.


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Last updated September 15, 2012.  
Comments and corrections should be sent to Professor William R. Wilcox


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