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Recommended books for process engineering? [closed]

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, ...
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Theoretical maximum pressure from combusting LPG

I am curious how to find or estimate the theoretical maximum pressure that the combustion of a LP gas, such as propane, can produce inside of a constant volume, such as in a cylinder. I know what the ...
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Is molecular dynamics relevant for an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering degree? [closed]

I am completing my final year undergraduate study in Mechanical Engineering. I've had to have a scope change because my last project was not going to work with the pandemic. I've been given a project ...
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Gaps in derivation of thermodynamic property equations

If $h=h(T, P)$. Does $ dh = c_pdT + \left[v - T\left(\frac{\partial v}{\partial T}\right)_P \right]dP \Rightarrow h_2 - h_1 = \int_{T_1}^{T_2} c_pdT + \int_{P_1}^{P_2}\left[v - T\left(\frac{\partial v}...
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Determine in and out momentum in shell momentum balance [closed]

How to decide what is in momentum and what is out momentum in using shell momentum balance? My main motive is to understand why at 25:26 in the balance equation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Throttle vs Choke vs Damper vs Valve?

Throttles, chokes, dampers, and valves all restrict fluid flow. Aside from specific terminology/usage in internal combustion engines, are these really interchangeable terms, or do they have some ...
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Crossflow HX tube and fin, derive Tout hot side as a function of mdot hot side in

Apparatus: Crossflow Tube and fin HX. (liquid-to-air Intercooler), Hot Side: Tube side, gas flowing internally Cold Side: fin side, water flowing in crossflow Goal: Generate an environment in "...
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Ash size particle dependency of initial coal particle size in fluidized bed combustors

I'm looking for information on coal ash size in fluidized beds. How dependent is it on the initial coal particle size? Would I expect ash from 5mm coal particles to be significantly larger than ash ...
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Can I calculate the amount (mol or mass) of water in a gas, in a heat exchanger, if I know the partial pressure of the water?

Is it possible to calculate the amount of water (mol, mass...) in a gas, in a heat exchanger, if I know the partial pressure of the water? The stream through the tubes is mainly benzene and ...
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sinking speed of particle in water

For a Newtonian fluid the sinking final speed of a metal particle is given by this equation : while g is Gravitational acceleration , $\rho_P$ = is particle density , $\rho_F $ = is fluid density ,...
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How do I calculate the density of a lined pipe?

I'm having some trouble figuring out how to calculate the density of a lined pipe given the diameter measurements and the specific gravity of the materials. The Problem Calculate the density of an ...
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Help with Mass Flow Rate

I'm a beginner in chemical engineering so apologies in advance if this question is very basic! The Problem You are required to measure the mass and volumetric flow rate of a slurry stream. The slurry ...
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Advantages of hydrogen gas turbine over fuel cell

In the setting of large-scale electricity generation, I was wondering why one would want to burn hydrogen in a gas turbine instead of using it to power a fuel cell. Aren't fuel cells more efficient ...
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How to calculate kinetic energy of gas flow in pipe given tempearture, pressure, pipe diameter and velocity

Ive been given a question and asked to calculate the kinetic energy of a gas given the temperature, pressure, diameter of pipe and velocity. I've been looking and have been unable to find any ...
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Need help with an essay question related to chemical engineering (High School)

I have to do an essay question related to an area of my choice (Chemical Engineering). Could anyone suggest an area of research that is accessible to a High Schooler within ChemEng? Thank You
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Safe temperature thresholds for #2 HDPE and #5 PP plastic

It would be convenient to use a temperature adjustable heat plate (element)/mug warmer for the massive amount of blender bottles accumulated over the years. What are safe thresholds to safely warm the ...
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Macro to atomic scale software

Is there a software that exists that takes a macro object for example a MacBook casing and its composition (Aluminum) and allow you to zoom between the macro scale (a fully rendered MacBook) and the ...
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How do you determine how many pumps you need in a pipeline?

I am working on a pipeline design scenario and I am trying to determine how many pumps I need. In addition to this diagram, I'm given a flow rate range and an acceptable velocity to also determine the ...
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How can the air pressures exiting from a blower be adjusted?

During this covid-19, I was thinking about designing a low cost simple ventilator using a blower. There is a limit of the inspiratory and expiratory pressures, the inspiratory pressure being higher. ...
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How is EPD different / related to anodising?

What is the process of applying dye to anodized surfaces (specifically aluminum)? Is electrophoretic deposition (EPD) just the process used to apply the dye to anodised surfaces? Or is it a ...
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Considerations for switching from Conc. Sulphuric acid to Oleum

First off - this project is still in the early planning stages. The basic scope is that a plant want's to switch from using conc. sulphuric acid (~98%) in its process (nitration) to oleum. I ...
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Why do some pipelines have regular 90 degree deviations? [duplicate]

On this satellite image, there are pipelines extending from a terminal at sea to an LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) storage facility. Why do the pipelines, at regular intervals, deviated from a straight ...
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Chemical engineering equivalancy to the spring-mass-damper/RLC circuit

I understand the equivalency between the MSD and RLC circuits. Mass ~ resistance, spring ~ inductor, damper ~ capacitor. With the equations of the form MSD: $$ m\ddot{x} + c\dot{x}+ kx = F $$ ...
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Slow integration of system ODE under specific conditions in adsorption problem

I am trying to solve the system of ODEs below. I am applying the finite differences to z, so I get a system of ODE that I can solve with a solver like ode45. The problem is that under the conditions ...
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What kind of magnetic water conditioner can industrial sinter plant use?

As you can see in the below shematic, the magnetic water conditioners can be used for the pipes of incoming process water on sinter plants to reduce surface tension of water and get fuel consumption ...
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Thrust by turbo fan jet engine

How much thrust can I produce with a turbofan jet engine without injection of fuel and with just compression of air, which will be heated by convection if initial temperature of air of 20 oC and its ...
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Increasing Kd in PID control loop

Why does increasing derivative gain $K_d$ in a PID controller loop lead to a reduction in overshoot and an increase in rise time? This is not a homework question, it is a question to improve my ...
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Difference between light and heavy cracking of hydrocarbons?

Cracked gases usually are quenched after cracking reactions. Why for lighter gases like ethane, indirect quenching is used, But for cracking of heavier naphtha or gas oil, most cooling is ...
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P&ID Symbol identification, unknown meaning

I'm aware that answers may vary and it really does depend on the company/country where the PID was drawn but I have checked back for the last 30 years and found no drawing legend that describes what ...
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How to increase blast furnace top gas temperature?

Why does blast furnace (in Iron & Steel works) top gas temperature stays low and what are the fixes for that to increase without using a burner? The top gas temperature goes below 80 degrees (...
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How to furnace-melt bismuth oxide into optical glass?

I have been experimenting with a furnace at my house and am looking to attempt the more difficult process of creating bismuth-oxide based optical glass for the purposes of creating optical elements (...
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How to add a controlled amount of a nutrient solution to a water line

I have an existing water supply system for the cattle on my farm whereby 6 troughs located in different fields are all fed from a common header line. The pressure in that line ranges from 3-5 bar (It’...
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How to calculate initial concentration of first-order reaction in CSTR?

(This question comes from a Chemical Engineering background, but basic Math and Programming knowledge is also required. I hope it still falls in the scope of engineering.stackexchange.com If not, ...
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Calculate gas velocity from separator

What would be the best way to calculate velocity of gas from a three phase separator? I know that operating temperature is 75F, pressure 1000 psia, pipe diameter 20 inch, and pipe length to the point ...
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Calculating Entropy from Gibbs Free Energy?

I guess Cp = dH/dT= dq/dT=dS Thus SdT = integral of CpdT. From that ∆H is given and we can calculate ∆G. However, entropy for this reaction should be -7.4J/molK and I am getting like 26J/molK. Also S ...
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Do pressurised cans still pose a risk to bursting in normal conditions, but after being exposed to heat?

We're planning on shipping some items from the US to Australia as you cannot get them here, that being: https://www.chewy.com/sentry-stop-that-noise-pheromone-dog/dp/56486 I have been in contact ...
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Interface level between 2 components in Liquid-Liquid Extraction, What does it mean?

In LLE physical processes, there is this level (interface) between the 2 components (for example) that is being separated as shown in the picture. I know that the height of this level from the ...
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Buying Liquid Oxygen in Small Quantities [closed]

I am trying to work out costs and order parts for a small liquid fuelled rocket I have designed. My oxidiser is liquid oxygen but I can’t seem to find anywhere to purchase it on the internet. Does ...
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Sieve trays used in Liquid liquid extraction tower instead of bubble cap and valve trays?

In an LLE operation pilot plant, i saw that sieve trays are used instead of bubble cap and valve trays... In LLE operation, they require good mixing, so i was shocked why bubble cap and valve trays ...
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On partial reboiler and total condenser in distillation column

Why is it that a total condenser and partial reboiler are used in a distillation column and it is not the other way around?
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Azeotropic Distillation - Am I interpreting this VLE diagram correctly?

I've been looking at ways to re-concentrate a formic acid-water binary mixture with the VLE diagram below. Am I correct in saying that to concentrate a solution of say , 40% formic acid by weight I ...
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chemical reaction engineeing

What is the definition of rate $(−ra)=−\frac{dCa}{dt}$ or $(−ra)=−1/V\frac{dNa}{dt}$ ? I think the general one is the second one and first one is for constant volume reaction system. Is the above ...
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Can we engineer detergent micelles to pick up Microplastics?

I'd like to know if I could get micelles to pick up microplastics in water. I read that microplastics are sometimes charged, so can we make the lyophobic end to pick up microplastics, so that they can ...
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How does reaction rate depends on concentrations in irreversible reactions?

Consider the following consecutive, second order, irreversible reactions are carried out in a batch reactor: A + S Yield(k1) X X + S yield (k2) Y One mole of A and two moles of S are initially ...
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How to produce aluminium powder by E. J. Hall method

I have watched videos on YouTube producing Aluminum powder by mechanical methods. Like this one. It uses Aluminum foil and coffee grinder: There are similar videos which use the same basic method but ...
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Solving a linear mass balance equation in the form of Ax = 0 with variables in vector x

I have been tasked with solving a series of linear equations in the form of Ax = b, where b is the zero vector. Specifically, I have a matrix E which is 4x7 and a column vector r which is 7x1, as ...
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What is the effect of different ways to adding liquid materials into a mixing tank?

I am working with body wash products and there is a problem happening with the mixing process. I use a 5000-liter tank to mix all the liquid materials including water, surfactant and preservatives. ...
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Is it possible to do purification of Sodium Sulphate and which companies do this? [duplicate]

If Sinter filter generates lots of Sodium Sulphate and then is there a way to make purification of this and which companies are already do this process?
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Why do Blast Furnace flue dust generates high rates of Zn (Zinc)?

The Blast Furnace flue dust contains high rates of Zn (Zinc). I'd like to know the reason behind this. The chemical reaction of Zn inside blast furnace dust. Why it's rates becoming high?
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How to use a specific list of components in a stream in ASPEN-HYSYS?

In HYSYS it is possible to create multiple lists of components using their proper fluid package to better calculate the properties of very different molecules. Here I defined two lists: List 1 List ...

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