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E-Books: Fundamentals of Process Safety Engineering

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Fundamentals of Process Safety Engineering 2021 SK Biswas. This book contains a great deal of technical detail, of which all engineers should have a basic understanding. But I hope that readers using this book retain these three critical messages throughout their careers. This book addresses the vital subject of Process Safety in petroleum refining,
petrochemical, and other similar processing plants.

  • You must understand the hazards of your materials and processes and the consequences that could arise if you don’t manage them properly.
    • You must know the risk of your process and implement all barriers necessary
    to ensure that it meets your corporate risk criteria.
    • Having implemented the necessary barriers, you must maintain them, so
    they perform as designed, all the time.

This book is a practitioner’s guide to the many technically diverse PSE aspects that are encountered by those active in this field. We hope that this book will also provide chemical engineering and technology students, at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with an understanding of hazards in process plants and, especially, how PSE should be incorporated in the design and operation of safe and efficient facilities.

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The development of international guidelines and regulations related to Process Safety has been quite remarkable over the past four decades. Today, there is a vast body of technical literature, regulatory codes, and several major books related to this subject. Unfortunately, much of the technical literature is scattered in technical journals, which are not easily accessible for most engineers.

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Major reference books are also available that are too expensive for average practitioners to own; they are available only in university libraries or at a few major global organizations that provide specialized services related to Process Safety. Fortunately, there is an excellent multivolume reference book on the subject (by Lees), but several other standard references, in our view, do not include discussion of some essential topics. Examples include the proper thermodynamic basis for computing release rates from ruptures in pipelines or vessels; the evaluation of relief valve capacity under sonic or subsonic conditions at the valve throat; and the computation of phase equilibria (1) at high pressures or low temperatures for hydrocarbons and petroleum mixtures, or (2) for complex chemical mixtures.

The sheer volume of available information is daunting. Regrettably, with few exceptions even today, most chemical engineering curricula do not include serious instruction on Process Safety and related disciplines. Practitioners working in manufacturing facilities find themselves in a difficult position because it is not self-evident to them how and where they should start their PSE studies. Corporate safety
documentation usually is scattered, and there are few attempts to organize such information understandably. Short courses of a few days’ duration are also generally insufficient to learn about many important aspects.

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The content of Fundamentals of Process Safety Engineering:

  • Chapter 1 Hazards in the Process Industries
  • Chapter 2 Overview of Some Major Accidents in the World
  • Chapter 3 Fundamentals of Fire Processes
  • Chapter 4 Static Electricity
  • Occupational Ergonomics A Practical Approach
  • Chapter 5 Pool Fire
  • Chapter 6 Jet Fire
  • Chapter 7 Vapor Cloud Fire
  • Chapter 8 Fireball
  • Chapter 9 Explosion
  • Chapter 10 Toxic Releases
  • Chapter 11 Dispersion of Gases and Vapors
  • Chapter 12 Hazard Identification
  • Process Safety Managment Program
  • Chapter 13 Risk Assessment and Control
  • Chapter 14 Human Factors in Process Safety
  • Chapter 15 Process Safety and Manufacturing Excellence.

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