Second edition has been proofread, corrected, and is being printed!

The second edition has been prepared for printing and will be available shortly. The book website is (partly under construction). See “Second edition off to printer!” for detailed information about the book.

The book has sections on Thermodynamics (equations of state, vapor-liquid equilibrium, chemical reaction equilibrium), Process Simulation, and Fluid Mechanics and Transport Phenoma. This book demonstrates four computer programs: Excel®, MATLAB®, Aspen Plus®, and Comsol Multiphysics®. An app for the iPad (and eventually the iPhone) has been developed. It is simple, but computes the specific volume of a gas under conditions of high pressure when cubic equations of state are needed (as in Ch. 2 of the book). It hasn’t been submitted to Apple yet, but it works on the author’s iPad! Future apps will include shortcut distillation, and …

The biggest things that are new the new computer interface of Comsol Multiphysics, and the capability of Aspen Plus 7.3 to use the NIST Thermodynamic Database so that you can compare your calculations with experimental data measured sometime in the last century. (Once it has been measured, we usually don’t do it again!). There are twice as many problems, and there are some numerical problems, as well, for those who feel they haven’t solved the problem unless they did the programming themselves. Do you make your doctor explain how an MRI works before you undergo a test? Does he/she know the hydrogen molecules flip over? Do you accept the results? The doctor and technician know how to interpret the results and how to detect if the machine is not operating correctly; engineering students can do that, too. There are a lot more problems of current interest including those in the energy field and microfluidics.

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Bruce A. Finlayson, retired Rehnberg Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
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