Troubleshooting Process Operations, 4th Edition

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The definitive bestselling guide for refinery operations and maintenance, Troubleshooting Process Operations, 4th Edition, delivers unparalleled information to engineers and technicians. Drawing on his training and experience, author Norman Lieberman presents problems and troubleshooting techniques that are associated with specific processes, systems, and equipment, leading novice and practiced troubleshooters alike to the crux of malfunctions and failures. This new edition updates maintenance and design techniques, and adds seven new chapters with the latest information on turbines, motors, heat exchangers and environmentally friendly operations. A chemical engineer by training, author Norm Lieberman sprinkles his troubleshooting guide with insightful and humorous anecdotes from 45 years in the petrochemical and refining industry.

Features & Benefits

  • Nitty-gritty descriptions of common refinery and chemical plant problems and the diagnostic field observations, experiments, and calculations that reveal their origin
  • Troubleshooting checklists and references following each chapter
  • Practical advice for optimizing interactions with key plant operations personnel


  • Engineers
  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

Norman P. Lieberman is an independent consultant who troubleshoots refinery process problems. His 58 years of experience have included troubleshooting process plant problems for Amoco Oil and the Good Hope Refinery in Louisiana. He has held positions from technical service fi eld engineer to refinery manager. Most of his career has been devoted to process design and plant operations supervision.

Lieberman holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Cooper Union and Purdue. His areas of expertise include delayed coking, alkylation, sulfur recovery, FCCU, and energy conservation. He teaches a popular course, "Troubleshooting Hydrocarbon Processes," based on his books. He has authored several books covering troubleshooting, process engineering, design, and equipment.

Type: Hardcover
Size: 6x9 inches
Pages: 706
Published: 2009
ISBN: 9781593701765

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