I made a career change from machine design to CNG processing. What I’m looking for are some good books/handbooks that cover the following topics. Something similar to Machinery’s Handbook.

  • Piping, flanges and welding (for gas). E.g. pipe dimensions, pressure ratings, losses, metallurgy etc.
  • Heat exchangers (tube & shell)
  • Boilers
  • PLC controls


  • $\begingroup$ Heat Transfer by Siminson can be handy. $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Nov 22, 2020 at 4:49
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    – Wasabi
    Nov 22, 2020 at 21:55

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First get the newest edition of Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook a.k.a The Chemical Engineer's Bible which covers at the very least the basics of pretty much everything you need.

Then look at Coulson & Richardson's Chemical Engineering series and pick up the volumes you need. Pretty much everyone has used at least Volume 6 (Design) now and then. Other volumes cover specific areas, so you may not need them all.


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