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Chemical Reaction Engineering (Chemistry) [Hardcover]

Octave Levenspiel
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16 Sep 1998 047125424X 978-0471254249 3rd Edition
Chemical reaction engineering is concerned with the exploitation of chemical reactions on a commercial scale. Ita s goal is the successful design and operation of chemical reactors. This text emphasizes qualitative arguments, simple design methods, graphical procedures, and frequent comparison of capabilities of the major reactor types. Simple ideas are treated first, and are then extended to the more complex.

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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (16 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047125424X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471254249
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2 Jun 2013
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Just as expected - used to borrow it all the time from the library so decided to get a copy. Came as new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 30 Sep 2004
This book basically teach you all about reaction engineering. Clear diagram, and even show you how to solve very complex multiple reaction. If you are doing final year or reaction engineering research, it will be a best book for you. Not so good for introductory level chemical engineering though, as some of the equation can be quite complex to understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and fun 30 May 2003
I already liked the second edition. With the complete facelift, the redrawing of all figures and the rewriting of the text it is a up-to-date book for both learning and reference.
The excersises are fun and range from easy to real-life (almost)unsolvable. Some are also funny and help the reader with a fresh eye on some problems, like the popcorn reactor or Sherlock Holmes mystery.
The author uses mathematics as a tool rather than an art in itself, so anyone with basic mathematical skills should be able to follow the concepts. The author refers to "old" literature, giving an excellent source of references otherwise lost to me.
The first part starts with homogeneous reactions in ideal reactors, covering kinetics. After introducing the basics of reactor design, comparison of designs are given for different kinds of single and multiple reactons.
The second part deals with flow patterns and non-ideal flow covering age distribution and conversion in non-ideal flow reactors. Different models are discussed to account for non-ideal flow. The concepts of earliness of mixing, segregation and residence time distribution are discussed in the last chapter of this part.
The next part deals with solid catalytic systems, and either gas/solid or liquid/solid reactors. Catalyst deactivation is also covered.
The fourth part is dealing with mass-transfer for liquid/liquid and liquid/soldi systems.
A new part dealing with biochemical reactions was added to this edition. Being rather short it gives the basics of enzyme kinetics and deals with fermentation of whole cells. For me it seemed that the author is not too familiar with the topic, nonetheless the part is concise and to the point, but not as exhaustive coverage as for other topics of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book at higher level 28 Jun 2000
By Vinay Medhekar - Published on Amazon.com
I used this book as a textbook in my undergraduate. In an undergraduate study, it is necessary to have new concepts explained to you in a unified manner so that ones sees where all the chemical engineering subjects are heading to. Chemical reaction engineering (CRE) basically deals with energy and material balance applied to chemical reactors to achieve a given purpose. The book tells you all the fundamentals about the chemical reaction engineering, the underlying principles but fails to draw this message straight that CRE is nothing but application of energy and material balance. And at undergraduate level, I could not draw this inference on my own and learned it in the graduate class when I took the advanced level course. The book also does not deal with the modern tools of solving reactor design problems with computers. We used Fogler's text book for first few classes in Graduate school. I would recommend this book which could be used as an undergraduate as well as graduate text/reference book. If you need to go to the earlier work and want to pursue research in this field, then Levenspiel is good as it has some original work references ( I believe this is an old book on CRE). Once you have the feel for the subject than the use of this book is undisputed. But if you are using this book to study CRE first time then I would recommend you use some good text book.

Additional comments 6 years later: I am currently using this books to solve some real industry problems and it has become clear to me how good this book is. Though I stick to my earlier comments which were written when I was fresh in to my graduate school for two reasons: how I felt about this book in my undergrad class and how much I learned from Fogler in Graduate level class. But Levenspiel does good justice to all the concepts in chemical reaction engineering and would definitely recommend it as a reference book. It provides many ways to analyze a chemical data and interpret it to determine the kinetics.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful to Student and Practicing Engineer 23 May 1998
By runman@city-net.com - Published on Amazon.com
As a student, I found the material difficult and challenging. Later, as a professional, I referred to this book often when faced with tough reactor calculations and difficult kinetic question. Dr. Levenspiel explains everything very well in his examples; the problem sets were nightmarish, but, then, our professor was awful. All in all, the book is highly useful to student and professional alike. I wish that I had had a good instructor, I would have developed a better appreciation the material as a student. Definitely a book for any chemical engineer's library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent undergraduate book 26 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
CRE is not a bad book. The author does a good job of explaining reactor design fundamentals, from simple kinetic models to complex reactor systems involving heat/material transfer or multiple reaction contents. He lays the groundwork well early on be using simple, clear examples. There are numerous typos (mostly in the text, though, not the problems. The text itself is in large and legible type. In addition, the book is not overcrowded-like a lot of life science books-with meaningless pictures, text, history, etc (but it might take the boredom meter to a new level for some readers). Although not a big deal, Levenspiel uses some language that makes you kinda wonder what planet he came from. Also, the author puts all the variable nomenclature at the beginning of the book, which is really annoying because you have to flip back and forth until you memorize each character variable. Other than that, it should be adequate to get you through the course w/o a great deal of trouble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great text should have ordered before my PE exam 1 Dec 2009
By Ronald P. Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great text on chemical reaction kinetics and I wish I would have had it before I took my PE exam. I am still waiting on results, I am confident I passed but struggled with 4-5 kinetics questions that this text would have been very helpful on. Even though I dont do reaction kinetics in my day to day job its a great technical reference.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CHE book I've ever read 11 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
We didn't use this book at the University of Texas. Even so, it was worth every minute I spent reading it instead of our textbook. It's just that much better than anything else in the curriculum.
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