Separation Process Engineering Includes Mass Transfer Analysis

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/15/2016
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall

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The Definitive, Up-to-Date, Student-Friendly Guide to Separation Process Engineering—With More Mass Transfer Coverage and a New Chapter on Crystallization


Separation Process Engineering, Fourth Edition, is the most comprehensive, accessible guide available on modern separation processes and the fundamentals of mass transfer. In this completely updated edition, Phillip C. Wankat teaches each key concept through detailed, realistic examples using real data—including up-to-date simulation practice and spreadsheet-based exercises.


Wankat thoroughly covers each separation process, including flash, column, and batch distillation; exact calculations and shortcut methods for multicomponent distillation; staged and packed column design; absorption; stripping; and more. This edition provides expanded coverage of mass transfer and diffusion, so faculty can cover separations and mass transfer in one course.


Detailed discussions of liquid-liquid extraction, adsorption, chromatography, and ion exchange prepare students for advanced work. Wankat presents coverage of membrane separations, including gas permeation, reverse osmosis, ultrafiltration, pervaporation, and applications. An updated chapter on economics and energy conservation in distillation adds coverage of equipment costs.


This edition contains more than 300 new, up-to-date homework problems, extensively tested in undergraduate courses at Purdue University and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand).


Coverage includes

  • New chapter on crystallization from solution, including equilibrium, chemical purity, crystal size distribution, and pharmaceutical applications
  • Thirteen up-to-date Aspen Plus process simulation labs, adaptable to any simulator
  • Eight detailed Aspen Chromatography labs
  • Extensive new coverage of ternary stage-by-stage distillation calculations
  • Fraction collection and multicomponent calculations for simple batch distillation
  • New mass transfer analysis sections on numerical solution for variable diffusivity
  • Mass transfer to expanding or contracting objects, including ternary mass transfer
  • Expanded coverage of pervaporation
  • Updated Excel spreadsheets offering more practice with distillation, diffusion, mass transfer, and membrane separation problems

Author Biography

Phillip C. Wankat is Clifton L. Lovell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of undergraduate degree programs at Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education. His current research interests include adsorption, large-scale chromatography, simulated moving bed systems, and distillation, as well as improvements in engineering education. He received the 2007 Distinguished Education Alumni Award of Distinction from Purdue’s College of Education, and the 2005 Shreve Prize in Chemical Engineering. With K. S. Knaebel, he contributed the Mass Transfer section to Perry’s Chemical Engineers' Handbook, Eighth Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

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Chapter 1: Introduction Separation Process Engineering

Chapter 2: Flash Distillation

Chapter 3: Introduction to Column Distillation

Chapter 4: Binary Column Distillation: Internal Stage-by-Stage Balances

Chapter 5: Introduction to Multicomponent Distillation

Chapter 6: Exact Calculation Procedures for Multicomponent Distillation

Chapter 7: Approximate Shortcut Methods for Multicomponent Distillation

Chapter 8: Introduction to Complex Distillation Methods

Chapter 9: Batch Distillation

Chapter 10: Staged and Packed Column Design

Chapter 11: Economics and Energy Conservation in Distillation

Chapter 12: Absorption and Stripping

Chapter 13: Liquid-Liquid Extraction

Chapter 14: Washing, Leaching, and Supercritical Extraction

Chapter 15: Introduction to Diffusion and Mass Transfer

Chapter 16: Mass Transfer Analysis for Distillation, Absorption, Stripping, and Extraction

Chapter 17: Crystallization from Solution

Chapter 18: Introduction to Membrane Separation Processes

Chapter 19: Introduction to Adsorption, Chromatography, and Ion Exchange


Appendix A: Aspen Plus Troubleshooting Guide for Separations

Appendix B: Instructions for Fitting VLE and LLE Data with Aspen Plus

Appendix C: Unit Conversions and Physical Constants

Appendix D: Data Locations

Answers to Selected Problems



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