I’m writing the second edition of my book Introduction to Chemical Engineering Computing, Wiley (2006). The book uses Excel, MATLAB, AspenPlus, and Comsol Multiphysics to solve typical chemical engineering problems. The emphasis is on how to check your work to be sure you’ve solved the problem correctly. Hence the three ‘pitches’:
Computing that’s right!
Anyone can push the buttons. Are you pushing the right ones?
If the computing is right, you can save money!
The programs AspenPlus and Comsol Multiphysics have been upgraded, so the book needs to be upgraded, too. New problems are being added emphasizing energy processes, thermodynamic choices (and how they are influenced by molecular considerations), and microfluidics. The 2nd edition will have much more numerical analysis, thus more programming, too. It will also have some design problems that are open-ended – i.e. there is no ‘correct’ answer, but choices must be made to satisfy an objective. There will be a few problems from the new fields of molecular engineering, nanotechnology, and lots more from the biomedical field. The material on Comsol Multiphysics will go beyond an introductory level, so that graduate students can reap the benefit of this outstanding program for transport problems.
You can help! There are several questions that I welcome advice on (especially if you have used the first edition):
Should some of the code in the book be on the internet for downloading so that you don’t have to retype it?
How important are screen shots (remember: for a beginning user)?
If there is supplementary material and discussions on the internet, would that be useful?
During the next few months I’ll post information about what section I’m working on, the progress, and discuss your responses. There are of course limits – page limit, needing to sell copies, etc., but let me know what you’d like.
Bruce A. Finlayson