The Handbook of Chemical Process Engineering

“THE HANDBOOK OF CHEMICAL PROCESS ENGINEERING” is aimed towards all levels of chemical process engineers. The author, who is a Master’s in Chemical Engineering as well as a certified project management professional (PMP®) and is himself a Process and Process Safety Engineer of 30+ year experience, has included all types of design data, optimization tips, go-by documents, sample calculations, drawings, diagrams, data sheets and calculation templates to help one in understanding and ultimately becoming proficient in chemical process engineering.

Handbook Details

1 No. of Chapters 44
2 No. of Pages 4000
3 Figures 2265
4 Tables 440
5 Calculation Templates 40
6 Datasheets 93
7 TBE Blank Formats 11
8 Checklists 25
Volume I
(Chapters 1 to 25)
This volume provides complete design information on various different equipment encountered by process engineer like separators, pumps, compressors, fired heaters, fans, exchangers, etc. as well as utility systems design.
Considerable in-depth information has been provided on design, types, applications, specifications, etc.
Volume II
(Chapters 26 to 39)
This volume provides the various types of projects, the different engineering disciplines involved, engineering documentation produced by a process engineer, elaboration on contents of each document, specialized studies, safety studies, elaboration on instrumentation & automation, materials of construction, technical bid analysis, details on precommissioning / commissioning, go-by optimized examples of many shell & tube and air cooled heat exchangers, go-by process philosophies, etc.

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Volume III
(Chapters 40 to 44)
This volume provides excel based ready to use blank checklists, blank ready to use formats for many process documents, blank ready to use data sheets for equipment / instruments as well as easy to use calculation templates for many process engineering calculations. Additionally, many reference P&IDs are provided.

About the Author

Mr. Mihir M. Patel
Chemical Engineer
The author, Mr. Mihir M. Patel, is a Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree from USA in 1987. He is a practicing chemical engineer with 30+ years experience in process and process safety engineering. Additionally, he is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) from PMI, USA, which gives him a unique overall project perspective in addition to process perspective.
He has worked all around the globe, in small as well as mega greenfield and brownfield projects. The projects have been oil & gas, petrochemicals, polymerization as well as chemical plants. The processes have been continuous as well as batch.
He has worked in premium companies in design as well as in operations field.
He is married to Dr. Niyati since last 25 years & they have a son Hriday, who is an Investment Banker.


Foreword by Mr. Manoj Shah
22 September, 2017

Setting up of a Greenfield Chemical Plant is essentially a complex process and a chemical engineer (quite often called a process engineer) has to wear different hats while visualizing and implementing any chemical plant from “Concept to Commissioning”, in a time bound manner. Whereas theoretical understanding of concepts is very important, it is equally critical to have an easy access to the vast pool of Chemical Engineering knowledge in the form of handy design tools, documents and formats which help the process engineer to overcome the challenges of time and cost constraints of a project. “The Handbook of Chemical Process Engineering” endeavors to do just that. The author with his vast experience as a “Process” as well as a “Project” Engineer in the chemical industry, has brilliantly compiled the various practical aspects of process design and project management in this Handbook.

The Handbook does excellent justice to the most common Unit Operations encountered in the Chemical and Petroleum Industry. Besides covering the important theoretical aspects from a more practical viewpoint in various chapters in Volumes I & II, one must note that the Volume III, Chapters 40 to 44 place a very important tool in the hands of the Process / Project engineer by vividly covering the important Process Engineering Calculation Templates, Checklists, Datasheets, Technical Bid Evaluation Formats and Typical P&IDs.

Overall, this is an excellent reference book for Process / Project Engineers of all ages involved in Chemical Process Engineering. I wish Mihir all the success for the launch of this handbook and complement him for his tireless efforts in compiling and publishing such a useful reference book for chemical process engineers.

Mr. Manoj Shah

Presently: Consultant-Chemical Plants and Technologies.
Previously: Retired as Executive Director (Technical) at IBI Chematur Engineering & Consultancy Ltd., Mumbai, India

Background of Mr. Manoj Shah:

He is a Chemical Engineer with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from USA. He has 40+ years experience in the Chemical industry, having carried out engineering on many projects, greenfield as well as brownfield in the international market.

About The Book

The book titled “The Handbook of Chemical Process Engineering” will aid the chemical engineer to carry out chemical process engineering in a very practical way. The process engineer can use the excel based calculation templates effectively to do correct and proper process design. Chemical engineering is a very vast and complex field. This handbook aims to simplify the process engineering design.

Design of a chemical plant involves one being adept in technical aspects of process engineering. The book aims at making the chemical engineer proficient in the art of process design.

Overall index to each chapter and sub-index for each chapter are respectively provided in this same website under

Included are chemical engineering basics on simulation, stoichiometry, fluid property calculation, dimensionless numbers, thermodynamics and on chemical engineering equipment like pump, compressor, steam turbine, gas turbine, flare, motor, fired heater, incinerator, heat exchanger, distillation column, fractionation column, absorber, stripper, packed column, solar evaporation pond, separator. Utility design of nitrogen, compressed air, water, effluent treatment, steam, condensate, desalination, fuel selection is covered.

Many chemical engineering calculations have been included. Special process items like flame arrestor, demister, feed device, pressure reducing and desuperheating station (PRDS), vortex breaker, electric heater, manual valve have been covered.

Process engineering design criteria, process control, material of construction, specialized process studies, safety studies, precommisioning and commissioning have been covered.

Project engineer will also benefit from information provided on types of project (EPC, EPCM, Cost + Fee, etc) as well as interdisciplinary interaction between various engineering disciplines i.e. process, piping, mechanical, instrumentation, electrical, civil and THSE.

Process engineering documentation like process design basis, process philosophies, process flow diagram (PFD), piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID), block flow diagram (BFD), DP-DT diagram, material selection diagram (MSD), line list, summaries like utility summary, effluent and emission summary, tie in summary and flare relief load summary have been covered with blank templates. Excerpts from few chapters have been provided on this same website at