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Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals

2nd Edition

by James B. Rawlings, University of Wisconsin

and John G. Ekerdt, University of Texas

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Nob Hill Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of the Second Edition of the textbook, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals, by James B. Rawlings, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and John G. Ekerdt, The University of Texas at Austin.

This textbook, designed for undergraduate and graduate chemical engineering courses, presents several new and emerging topics not described in any other textbooks, and exploits the recent advances in computing software and hardware to streamline and reorganize many of the traditional topics.

  • Seamless integration of modern computing methods. The largest technological change of our generation is the explosion in computing and communications technology. This text takes full advantage of these advances to prepare students to use computational methods for solving reactor modeling problems. It contains 65 worked examples, 204 exercises and 278 figures. The computational software required for every example and every figure in the text is available at: This information can be downloaded to check and debug calculations.
  • Appendix A: Computational Methods is now available on the web. We support Matlab and Octave--a compatible, freely available language--for all calculations presented in the text. Many of the 204 exercises develop student expertise in computational methods for solving reactor problems.
  • Particulate reactors. During the decade that elapsed since the First Edition of the text, the manufacturing of solid or particulate products is playing a more prominent role in the chemical process industries. No general chemical engineering reactor design textbook provides students with the tools to describe, analyze, or design reactors for this important class of materials. To address this need, we have added a Chapter 10, covering particulate reactors and the population balances required to describe particulate products having a particle size distribution. Since the manufacture of value-added products using biological cells is a prime example of this class of systems, this new chapter also presents the balances required to describe and analyze bioreactors.
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  • Parameter estimation. This text devotes an entire chapter to presenting the best optimization methods for estimating model parameters from data. These methods provide a solid foundation for both students and practicing engineers in up-to-date data analysis. Advances in computational software and hardware make this approach feasible for the first time at the undergraduate level.

  • Chemical reactor synthesis. This text introduces the student to some recent and surprising new results on a traditional topic: chemical reactor synthesis. How many CSTRs are required to achieve the conversion and yield achieved in a PFR if one allows separation? How many are required without separation? Do mixing limits really bound reactor performance limits? Answers to these practical questions are explored.

  • Stochastic simulation. The chemical engineering profession is positioning itself as the engineering discipline to embrace engineering at the molecular scale, and we need to teach our undergraduate students stochastic kinetic modeling in addition to the traditional continuum modeling approaches for material and energy balances. This text presents stochastic simulation methods and relevant biological examples to introduce undergraduate as well as graduate students to this exciting area.

    A solution manual for end-of-chapter exercises is available to instructors who adopt the text.

    664 pages
    278 illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-9759377-2-3
    US$90 list
    2nd Edition
    (C) 2012

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    Journal reviews:

  • Professors Ioannis G. Kevrekidis and Stanislav Y. Shvartsman, Princeton University, ``Chemical Engineering Science,'' Vol. 59, Issue 10, Pages 2123-2124, 2004:

    This book by Rawlings and Ekerdt is not a good book. It is an excellent book.... The most important different thing about the Rawlings and Ekerdt is stated crisply in the preface (and it is true throughout the book): this is a book about fundamentals. Computation is used to streamline the presentation of the fundamentals, and the students get the tools to reproduce almost 100% of the results, example solutions and pictures in the book based only on concepts, principles and very few main results.

  • Professor Zelimir Kurtanjek, University of Zagreb, ``Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly'' 16 (3) 2002:

    ``The exposition is a fine and very useful balance between classical teaching in chemical engineering supplemented with modern computational tools. The authors have succeeded in providing seamless transition between theoretical derivations and practical computational aspects. It is an excellent textbook which provides students with very strong theoretical background and enables practical application of principles by use of modern computer software.''

    ``Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals'' received an award at the Seventh Annual University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards in April 2003. The awards recognized leading University of Texas authors. Only six of the 42 books entered in the competition were textbooks. Finalists were selected by a committee of scholars appointed by the vice provost and dean of graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. All permanent UT faculty members with books published in the previous academic year were eligible for the awards. At the awards banquet, a panelist told Professor John G. Ekerdt that while she could not follow the technical details of the textbook, what impressed her was the fact that the book was very readable.

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  • Table of Contents
  • List of Examples
  • Hepatitis B virus modeling (Chapter 1)
  • Material balance, reactor synthesis, and stochastic simulation (Chapter 4)
  • Ammonia synthesis, autothermal reactors, and summary energy balances (Chapter 6)
  • Catalytic converter and other packed bed reactor examples (Chapter 7)
  • Mixing two reactant liquid feed streams (Chapter 8)
  • An industrial case study illustrating data analysis and prameter tools estimation (Chapter 9)
  • Fermentation modeling (Chapter 10)
  • Learn more about the authors:

    Professor James B. Rawlings

    Professor John G. Ekerdt

    Check out the computational links:

    Computing figures with Octave



  • Professor Jesse Q. Bond, Syracuse University:

    ``As a graduate student, I had the good fortune of using this textbook in Professor Rawlings's course on reactor design and modeling. That experience had a profound impact on my understanding of the topic and has shaped the way that I currently think about--and encourage my students to think about--reaction engineering. What amazes me about this textbook is its ability to connect the entire discipline to its fundamental underpinnings in a very general and accessible manner. The approach herein empowers students with basic principles and robust computational tools, allowing them to truly understand chemical reactor design as opposed to merely solving reactor design problems.''

  • Professor James F. Rathman, The Ohio State University-Columbus:

    ``Your textbook was a fantastic teaching tool. I really enjoyed using it and learned a great deal myself. Reaction stoichiometry is beautifully presented, as are the material balances. I'll be teaching both the graduate and undergraduate reactor design courses next year, and plan to use the book for both courses. The authors are to be congratulated for writing an excellent book.''

  • Professor Robert S. Schechter, University of Texas:

    ``This is the sort of textbook that I really enjoy using when teaching undergraduates. The book seems to be rigorous and yet not overwhelming; there are not many chemical engineering textbooks that satisfy both of these conditions. Most are oversimplified and thus leave the student wondering about the origin and the range of validity of various important results that are used to solve problems. I could teach reactor design using this text because I feel comfortable in the knowledge that the curious student could further pursue a particular point that he finds puzzling.''

  • Morimasa Ogawa, Ph. D., Senior Principal Consultant, Yamatake Corporation, Advanced Automation Company:

    ``The author gratefully acknowledges Prof. James B. Rawlings of University of Wisconsin for his excellent textbook, Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design Fundamentals, that is ever so helpful to put this process control project into practice.''
    From the report, ``Batch Polymerization Reactor Control: Process Model and Model-Based Control System,'' July 15, 2007.

  • Professor Gabriele Pannocchia, University of Pisa, Italy:

    ``I must say that this is a great book. I think the writing is very clear and effective, and the examples are really useful. I will certainly get inspiration from it when preparing the exams at the end of the semester. Also, I believe the website is a nice addition, usually not available with other textbooks.''

  • Denis Shcherbakov, graduate student, Princeton University:

    ``The book is truly amazing. I loved its rigorous nature, generality, and careful organization. These are all rare qualities in the modern reactor engineering books. Your book leaves me very much satisfied and is a very worthy item on my chemical engineering bookshelf.''

  • Undergraduate students using the new textbook in spring 2002:

    ``This book was very helpful, concise, and very systematic. The teaching method in the textbook was excellent and the available online computational tools for it were very helpful.''

    ``I really like the text. Compared to other chemical engineering books, it is much easier to follow and understand.''

    ``This textbook is much easier to understand than other chemical engineering books because the examples in the chapter are actually similar to the exercises at the end of the chapter--unlike most books.''

  • Links | Table of ContentsJames B. RawlingsJohn G. EkerdtComputing with OctaveOctaveHepatitis B Example, Ch. 1Material Balance Example, Ch. 4Ammonia Synthesis Example, Ch. 6Catalytic Converter Example, Ch. 7Mixing Example, Ch. 8Case Study, Ch. 9Fermentation Modeling, Ch. 10 |

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