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1. Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language (Pennwell Nontechnical Series)
by William L. Leffler
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Catlog: Book (2000-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The FIRST book you want to read about Petroleum Refining!
If you're new to the "nontechnical" sector of Petroleum Refining this should be your first stop for industry knowledge! Leffler's captivating writing style will lead you naturally from the beginning to the end of the refining process, thoroughly and concisely explaining all of the important and essential points along the way. It's definately a MUST READ!

David Morris, SPHR.........Director Human Resources

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for basics, sometimes too simple
This is a very good publication for anybody who wants to understand the basics of refining without too much chemistry or engineering details. Easy to understand, but sometime I would wish for a deeper discussion of the issues and problems. It is a MUST for nontechnical staff in refineries (eg. finance) and it gives enough background for good discussion with engineers.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for basics, sometimes oversimplifying
This is a very good publication for anybody who wants to understand the basics of refining without too much chemistry or engineering details. Easy to understand, but sometime I would wish for a deeper discussion of the processes. It is a MUST for nontechnical staff in refineries (eg. finance) and it gives enough background for good discussion with engineers. ... Read more


2. Beyond Oil : The View From Hubbert's Peak
by Kenneth S. Deffeyes
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
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With world oil production about to peak and inexorably head toward steep decline, what fuels are available to meet rising global energy demands?That question, once thought to address a fairly remote contingency, has become ever more urgent, as a spate of books has drawn increased public attention to the imminent exhaustion of the economically vital world oil reserves. Deffeyes, a geologist who was among the first to warn of the coming oil crisis, now takes the next logical step and turns his attention to the earth's supply of potential replacement fuels. In Beyond Oil, he traces out their likely production futures, with special reference to that of oil, utilizing the same analytic tools developed by his former colleague, the pioneering petroleum-supply authority M. King Hubbert.

The book includes chapters on natural gas, coal, tar sands and heavy oils, oil shale, uranium, and (although not strictly an energy resource itself) hydrogen. A concluding chapter on the overall energy picture covers the likely mix of energy sources the world can rely on for the near-term future, and the special roles that will need to be played by conservation, high-mileage diesel automobiles, nuclear power plants, and wind-generated electricity.

An acknowledged expert in the field, Deffeyes brings a deeply informed, yet optimistic approach to bear on the growing debate. His main concern is not our long-term adaptation to a world beyond oil but our immediate future: "Through our inattention, we have wasted the years that we might have used to prepare for lessened oil supplies.The next ten years are critical."
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3. Nontechnical Guide to Petroleum Geology, Exploration, Drilling and Production
by Norman J. Hyne, Norm J. Ph.D. Hyne, Norman J. Ph.d Hyne
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Catlog: Book (2001-12-15)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview for people new to the field
It is exactly what the title says. If you're new to the field, this book provides an excellent, fairly detailed description of both onshore and offshore upstream operations.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the oil business
If you're interested in learning about the dynamics of the oil industry and you know absolutely nothing about it, this is the book for you. Norman Hyne describes industry jargon with dictionary-like simplicity and guides you through the basics of oil drilling, where oil is located and why, how to read seismographs, and many other things. The book has photos and drawings throughout the book that help you understand what is being described and put things into the concrete.

This book seems to be written as a classroom textbook, but I read it cover-to-cover. ... Read more


4. From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel
by Joshua Tickell, Kaia Roman, Kaia Tickell
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Asin: 0970722702
Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
Publisher: Tickell Energy Consultants
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank is the first and only book that details all aspects of running diesel engines on vegetable oil. Includes information on biodiesel, the diesel fuel substitute made from new or used vegetable as well as information on running any diesel engine on straight vegetable oil (SVO). This book is packed with history, information, instructions, photos, diagrams and resources. If you want to stop supporting Mid-East Petroleum oil, you must get this book. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and to the point
Excellent book for anyone interested in alternative energy and environmental issues. The authors make a brief but persuasive argument that biodiesel is simple, proven technology that could largely end US dependence on foreign oil and radically improve urban air quality.

The only thing I missed in the book is more detail about the environmental superiority of the diesel engine compared to spark-ignition gas engines. Contrary to conventional wisdom and the (admittedly well-meaning) beliefs of most environmentalists, diesels (even when run on fossil fuels) are in general less damaging to the environment than gas engines. When diesel engines are run on biodiesel there is no contest---emissions are radically improved and the fuel consumed actually contains more energy (from the Earth's standpoint) than was used to produce it---because it comes from plants, which absorb free energy from the sun.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's available!
Joshua Tickell's splendid book gives detailed information about actually making your own biodiesel fuel - and it works!
On the other hand, if you are thinking of buying a used diesel car and want to buy biodiesel fuel to run it, but don't feel you have the time or know-how to make it yourself over time - there are now a few places where you can actually buy it - one on Maui, and one in New England - western Massachusetts - and perhaps more. If you search the Web for biodiesel, you'll find it! Good luck - and tell them we sent you!

3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not economically feasible for most people
If you want to do something like this for your own amusement, this is a good book. It explains the what, how, and why of making old burger grease into biodiesel fuel, and I suppose it would be a fun project for some people. I know of two people who have, with results just as described: yes, Virginia, it runs.

Is it cost-effective as a source of fuel? Probably no. If you figure only your own time on a per-gallon basis, it's probably cheaper to pull up to the truck stop-before you fabricate any equipment, set aside the real estate, buy the wood alcohol and lye and the needed safety equipment to safely handle the incredibly caustic sodium methoxide, and set about getting the local burger joints to give you their used grease-a bigger challenge than the author expplains in many areas!

My only other proviso is I wouldn't put the stuff in my only go-to-work vehicle. Until you have got the process down there's the danger of taking out expensive injection pumps and injectors with water, debris, and sodium methoxide. Biodiesel may also be incompatible with seals and bearings in some diesel systems, so I would buy a second hobby vehicle to tinker with, one that you are comfortable working on yourself. No diesel manufacturer will cover problems induced by homemade biofuel under warranty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about biodiesel and more
If you going to run biodiesel (or straight veggie oil) people are going to have lots of questions for you, because most people are still unaware of biodiesel and those that have heard of it may not know a lot. I always figure that to be ready to field questions on a complex subject such as biodiesel, you need to know the facts in quite a bit of detail so you can boil them down to simple responses without distorting the truth. This is the book that covers all these bases for anyone remotely interested in biodiesel: pros/cons, sustainability, pollution info, vehicle warranties, how biodiesel is made, veggie oil conversions, etc., it's all here. You must buy this book if you are even considering running biodiesel!

5-0 out of 5 stars A new Paradigm in Alternative Fuels
Tickell's groundbreaking work is filled with great information on the economics and potential of vegetable oil-based fuels, as well as detailed information on how to make biodiesel (suitable for any diesel engine), as well as how to modify a diesel car to run on free, recycled waste vegetable oil. I got a kit to do it myself, and drove my car from Colorado to Missouri and back, all for FREE on waste vegetable oil. It really works, folks. These simple ideas will change the petroleum economics that run our country and the world. Imagine, growing own own oil domestically. Bush family look out! ... Read more


5. Petroleum Refining: Technology and Economics
by James H. Gary, Glenn E. Handwerk
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
Publisher: Marcel Dekker
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6. Hubbert's Peak : The Impending World Oil Shortage
by Kenneth S. Deffeyes
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Catlog: Book (2003-08-11)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Geophysicist M. King Hubbert predicted in 1956 that U.S. oil production would reach its highest level in the early 1970s. Though roundly criticized by oil experts and economists, Hubbert's prediction came true in 1970.

In this revised and updated edition reflecting the latest information on the world supply of oil, Kenneth Deffeyes uses Hubbert's methods to find that world oil production will peak in this decade--and there isn't anything we can do to stop it. While long-term solutions exist in the form of conservation and alternative energy sources, they probably cannot--and almost certainly will not--be enacted in time to evade a short-term catastrophe. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The wolf is at the door
Deffeyes hits the nail on the head when he clearly details what petroleum industry insiders already know - it's not "if" global oil production will peak, it's "when." After years of warning about the imminent demise of cheap oil supplies, experts are now splitting hairs about whether or not inexpensive oil production will peak in this decade or the next. The author's easy-going, occasionally humorous prose makes the bad news easier to take, but either way, a serious global oil crisis is looming on the horizon.

Deffeyes energizes his readers by sweeping us easily through the denser strata of the complexities and developmental progress that built "Big Oil," but he also warns of relying on technology to save us in the future. Unlike many technological optimists, this life-long veteran of the industry concludes that new innovations like gas hydrates, deep-water drilling, and coal bed methane are unlikely to replace once-abundant petroleum in ease of use, production, and versatility. The Era of Carbon Man is ending.

A no-nonsense oilman blessed with a sense of humor, Deffeyes deftly boils his message down to the quick. Easily-produced petroleum is reaching its nadir, and although they are clean and renewable, energy systems like geothermal, wind and solar power won't solve our energy needs overnight. "Hubbert's Peak" represents an important aspect of the energy crisis, but it is only one factor in this multi-faceted problem that includes biosphere degradation, global warming, per-capita energy decline, and a science/industry community intolerant of new approaches to energy technology research and development. An exciting new book by the Alternative Energy Institute, Inc., "Turning the Corner: Energy Solutions for the 21st Century," addresses all of the components associated with the energy dilemma and is also available on Amazon.com.

Anyone who is concerned about what world citizens, politicians, and industry in the United States and international community must do to ensure a smooth transition from dependence on dangerous and polluting forms of energy to a more vital and healthier world, needs to read these books. Future generations rely on the decisions we make today.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must read for any serious energy analyst
Ken Deffeyes, a colleague of M. King Hubbert, has written a critical book which tells the reader that global oil production will peak in the next decade. Hubbert, a geophysicist employed at Shell, first predicted in 1956 that US oil production would peak around 1970. This has come to pass. Using the same basic analytical methods for global oil production, Deffeyes makes a strong case as to why global oil production will peak in 2004-2009 timeframe. Certain variables can delay the peak in oil production but the peak is inevitable. All of this is neatly laid out in Chapter 1 and presented in detail in Chapter 7 & 8. The remainder of the book is a background in oil exploration and production and some discussion about alternative sources of energy.

Far from being an environmentalist or policy wonk, Deffeyes, as an oil professional and academic, has clearly outlined the implications of Hubbert's peak for our hydrocarbon-based society. Unfortunately, the short-sighted politicians and policymakers in Wasghington will not want to seriously debate this issue. Instead policies to support America's insatiable hunger for SUV's (and other waste) will continue until an energy supply crisis hits home.

5-0 out of 5 stars Informative And Well Written
Kenneth Deffeyes is a former Shell oil geologist and also a former Princeton University professor (now emeritus) so he brings a lot of expertise to the subject of the world oil supply, and at which point supply can't keep pace with demand. He cites often the famous 1956 prediction in which another Shell geologist, a M. King Hubbert, who in a paper said oil production in the United States would peak in the early 1970's, and it sure did peak, in the year 1970, and has been declining ever since. Hubbert used some statistical tools in his analysis, and for this new analysis of the world oil production peak Deffeyes draws on the work of the late Hubbert and with the addition of more up to date statistical tools. Deffeyes says that we have discovered most of the oil that is in the ground, and that drilling deeper will yield only natural gas, the reason for this is fascinating. He also says that it takes about 10 years to bring a new oil field into production, so the expected shortfall of the supply of oil Deffeyes predicts somewhere between the years 2004 and 2009 is inevitable. He also says no major oil fields have been discovered in many years and it is unlikely that another Middle East sized oil field still remains undiscovered, to save us from a bidding war for the remaining oil. The year 2009, according to Deffeyes, is the last possible year that the peak in world oil production will occur.

This book is full of wisdom and much humor, it is not a stodgy old book, it was a page turner for me. Deffeyes in one chapter says we have paid too much attention to the 'dot com' companies and how many people think our economy can run well by just selling software, etc, back and forth among ourselves, and that we should pay more attention to fundamental activities which are agriculture, mining, ranching, forestry, fisheries, and petroleum. This book is also very informative from a geological standpoint, how oil is trapped in rock layers and how it is drilled for production. Deffeyes says fossil fuels are in a sense a one time gift of nature and if we are wise this fuel will get us to the age of renewable energy. The Green River oil shale formation in the western United States is mentioned in this volume, Deffeyes states that it is roughly equal to all of the world's conventional oil, but at the present price of a barrel of crude oil it is not economical to use at this juncture. Natural gas is also mentioned and may be used more extensively in the future, as well as geothermal energy and a few others. He also says we need to get over our phobia with nuclear energy, I agree with that.

But as for the basic prediction here of a permanent oil shortage somewhere between 2004 and 2009, Deffeyes does mention that a worldwide recession could affect the time of the shortage, and we are in a worldwide recession as I type this. In addition, I saw on the news that the Russians are ramping up their oil production and this could also affect the year of the shortfall, but nevertheless whether the shortfall occurs in 2004 or 2009, or 2015, it does appear that a shortfall is coming and we should be preparing for it, at least on an individual basis if our governments aren't doing much.

2-0 out of 5 stars Yikes - Somebody get Mr. Deffeyes a Ghost Writer!
While I tend to agree with some of what Mr. Deffeyes concludes, I have to say he did a woeful job of presenting a case for his conclusions. Other authors have done much better making a case for the obvious end of rising oil production.

Deffeyes' writing style is atrocious. He constantly digresses and hopelessly abandons the reader in a morass of minutiae and gaps in written explanations. Most of the book does not even directly address his title. Too much of the book is a disjointed "explanation" of oil industry geology ... "stream of consciousness" petroleum geology/statistics if you will. It is as if he dictated the book, and didn't bother to have it proof read to see if anyone could follow his ramblings.

I would have given the book one star except for the fact that there are some usefull and understandable explanations in the book. If you are a fanatic on this subject, it may be worthwhile trying to read it. Otherwise, there are many other more persuasive, well written books on the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
When a wise old codger of rural roots warns you in humble fashion, "Pardon me, sir, but I dare say you're headed down the wrong road!" something tingling there on the back of your neck warns that you'd better listen. Even more so when the old-timer has risen beyond his oil-patch roots to become a Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Kenneth S. Deffeyes doesn't have to impress anybody, and perhaps that's one reason he has written a book on oil that will never give you that scratchy sensation of wool being drawn over your eyes. Deffeyes returns to his Oklahoma City roots to point out, as any fellow atop a tractor or toting a pipe wrench might, that things just can't keep going up and up forever. The difference: Deffeyes has a lifetime of industry and academic experience behind him. So, how real is the coming energy shortage? Well, put it this way: We highly recommend this book only to those individuals and companies who rely on electricity or the internal combustion engine. Stone age denizens need not sign up. ... Read more


7. The Petroleum Industry: A Nontechnical Guide
by Charles F. Conaway
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Pennwell Books
Sales Rank: 31358
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great
A great book for anyone that works in the industry in a supporting role. The book clearly explains the aspects of what it takes to find, develop, produce oil and gas.

5-0 out of 5 stars from CHOICE reviews
"Conaway, a consultant, offers a very useful resource for the many people who are affected by some aspect of the petroleum industry and need information to vote, legislate, regulate, or simply understand this complicated and very significant business. The author is not only highly qualified but has the rare gift of being able to articulate complex processes in clear, simple English without being condescending. Topics from anticlines to workover units are illustrated and put into real-world context. Conaway is careful to use the actual working terminology of the oil field but includes explanations of odd terms like "fish" and "buff and puff." The coverage is encyclopedic, discussing everything from the structure of the Earth through all aspects of finding, recovering, transporting, refining, and marketing the product. The clear writing, plus numerous well-drawn illustrations, make this book a pleasure to read. Glossary. All levels." -- J. C. Comer, Northern Illinois University

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent job
Conveys the big picture with enough well-explained technical detail to give you a sense for why. Includes the business implications of various key geological and technical points. The best overview of the petroleum industry that I've come across. I wish other industries had a book like this! ... Read more


8. State-Building: Governance and World Order in the 21st Century
by Francis Fukuyama
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Catlog: Book (2004-05)
Publisher: Cornell University Press
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Francis Fukuyama famously predicted "the end of history" with the ascendancy of liberal democracy and global capitalism. The topic of his latest book is, therefore, surprising: the building of new nation-states. The end of history was never an automatic procedure, Fukuyama argues, and the well-governed polity was always its necessary precondition. "Weak or failed states are the source of many of the world’s most serious problems," he believes. He traces what we know—and more often don’t know—about how to transfer functioning public institutions to developing countries in ways that will leave something of permanent benefit to the citizens of the countries concerned. These are important lessons, especially as the United States wrestles with its responsibilities in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

Fukuyama begins State-Building with an account of the broad importance of "stateness." He rejects the notion that there can be a science of public administration, and discusses the causes of contemporary state weakness. He ends the book with a discussion of the consequences of weak states for international order, and the grounds on which the international community may legitimately intervene to prop them up. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "It's Back," And This Time It Means Business
Francis Fukuyama provides in this slender volume a solid diagnosis of one of the most daunting obstacles impeding global security today. Specifically, Fukuyama's central argument is that the creation of new government institutions and the strenghtening of existing ones are the most important tasks we face at this point in history. Policy-makers have an impressive record when it comes to the dismantling, largely through the privatization of functions, of modern states; the ability to build sustainable political institutions is another matter. Developing countries -- at least the "majority" of them according to Mr. Fukuyama -- simply don't demand institutional reform. When reform has been imposed upon them, usually as a condition for the receipt of multi-lateral loans, the donor countries lack the patience to foster the requisite indigenous skills. The bulk of Mr. Fukuyama's text is an analysis of the distinc nature of, and unique problems posed by political insitutions in general -- that is, the ambiguity of goals, insufficient performance measures and, most significantly, the problem of delegating discretion.
The upshot of this analysis is that there is no "one-size-fits-all" organizational template that, as a drug to a disease, can be confidently applied across the board to bolster weak states. Globalization compounds the problem to the extent that its tendency is to erode the autonomy of the sovereign state. Similarly, the modern premise that governing legitimacy is exclusively derived from the consent of the governed through democratic processes (where is old-fashioned colonialism when you need it), runs the risk of raising expectations in developing countries that may very well be unrealistic, at least in the short-term. As Mr. Fukuyama notes, this is an area that will require significant research in the future. Nation-state building is not a new challenge, but is has never presented itself with the level of urgency we witness today. And, finally, that "end of history" notion. Read this book and you'll discover that not everybody is having the "end of history" experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Next Global Challenge: Strengthening States
For many Americans, including almost all libertarians, state power is something to be diminished. While there is usually some acknowledgement that the state is necessary for the national defense and for administering the rule of law, many Americans do not willingly concede that the regulation of certain aspects of the economy -- to give one example -- is a legitimate use of state power. In the early 1990s, this American ideology naturally became a part of the ideology of the international institutions in which the U.S. played a major role. Developing countries which came to these international institutions for help were usually told, and sometimes even required, to reduce the scope and power of their states.

In this short volume, Fukuyama shows how inappropriate - and even disastrous -- this American ideology is when applied indiscriminately in developing countries around the world. Claiming it is no longer supported by most academic empirical research, he provides a rough and tentative alternative to the idea of the shrinking state by demonstrating where states must be strong and where it is okay for them to scale down. Finally, he shows how such various global problems such as fighting terrorism and AIDS, the nonproliferation of WMD, and encouraging the spread of democracy, depend upon strong, not weak states, and that the U.S. and Europe must both come to terms (in their own ways) with this new international approach.

Fukuyama claims that what is needed is a paradigm shift. For much of the last half-century, the trend has been to weaken the state. Now, the evidence suggests that a new approach is needed, one that goes beyond simply shrinking or enlarging the state, and begins to deal with making the state more effective based on local conditions. While some basic outcomes (a democratic, capitalist state, for example) are to be expected, the way each nation gets there will be different. ... Read more


9. Gasification
by Chris Higman, Maarten Van Der Burgt
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Catlog: Book (2003-09-18)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
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This book provides an excellent overview of current technologies for the gasification of coal, oil, gas, biomass and waste feedstocks. Starting from the basic theory, it reviews the potential feedstocks and their suitability for different types of gasification process.

Commercial and near-commercial processes are described individually and various features discussed in detail. There is a comprehensive review of contaminants in synthesis gas as well as of gas treating processes.One chapter is devoted to discussions of various chemical, fuel and power applications for gasification.Economic, environmental and safety issues of gasification are also covered.

Both authors have been involved with gasification for over 30 years, gaining in the process a fund of practical insight and experience, which is evident throughout the book.

* Addresses practical issues such as selection of the best equipment.
* Ideal reference for anyone involved in operating or designing a gasification plant.
* Written in an easy-to-understand format with worked examples and a comprehensive glossary and bibliography.
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10. Pressure Vessel Design Manual
by Dennis R. Moss
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Asin: 0750677406
Catlog: Book (2003-12-18)
Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing
Sales Rank: 375670
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Picking up where the success of the previous editions left off, this book is an accumulation of design procedures, methods, techniques, formulations, and data for use in the design of pressure vessels, their respective parts and equipment. It's written specifically for designers and engineers involved in designing and specifying or manufacturing of pressure vessels. The book also has broader applications to chemical, civil and petroleum engineers who construct, install or operate process facilities, and would be a valuable aid to those who inspect the manufacturing of pressure vessels or review designs.

The format of this book continues to differ from most technical ones, as there are many handy visual aids throughout the text. It is not just a reference book, but a practical guideline, that aids designers and engineers to solve practically every design problem that an engineer might encounter with pressure vessels. As an easy-to-use reference, the book provides the user with a logical step by step approach to the design of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Code vessels, such as the method for determining the Minimum Design Metal Temperature (an ASME requirement for all pressure vessels).

* Covers a collection of design and analysis methods, all presented with the use of visual aides.
* New edition includes 26 new procedures, giving the engineer 83 different procedures to use as tools in solving design issues.
* Works not just a reference tool, but a practical guideline for every design problem.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid unless you have significant design experiance!
Although this book has "illustrated procedures for solving major pressure vessel design problems" it is full of errors and typos. Although the second edition has clarified many of the problems in the first edition, the procedures are unclear and significantly flawed. In addition, there are several instances where Mr. Moss fails to define the conditions in which certain equations should be, and should not be used. Unless you have significant experience in designing pressure vessels, avoid this book, it will only cause frustration and poorly designed units.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good
I`d want to be sure that you'll find the book, I`m very interested in it, and I`d like to know if there is an spanish version of it or one related to it ( design pressure vessel )

5-0 out of 5 stars Very handy,but not available
The book is very good. Procedures are given in a step by step form and computerisation is easy. ... Read more


11. The Biomarker Guide: Volume 1, Biomarkers and Isotopes in the Environment and Human History
by Kenneth E. Peters, Clifford C. Walters, J. Michael Moldowan
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Asin: 0521781582
Catlog: Book (2004-12-16)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Biomarkers are compounds found in crude oil with structures inherited from once-living organisms. They persist in oil spills, refinery products and archaeological artifacts, and can be used to identify the origin, geological age and environmental conditions prevalent during their formation and alteration. These two volumes will be an invaluable resource for geologists, petroleum geochemists, biogeochemists, environmental and forensic scientists, natural product chemists and archaeologists.The first of two volumes of The Biomarker Guide discusses the origins of biomarkers and introduces basic chemical principles relevant to their study. It goes on to discuss analytical techniques, and the applications of biomarkers in environmental and archaeological problems. ... Read more


12. The Biomarker Guide: Volume 2, Biomarkers and Isotopes in Petroleum Exploration and Earth History
by Kenneth E. Peters, Clifford C. Walters, J. Michael Moldowan
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-16)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The second volume itemizes parameters used to genetically correlate petroleum and interpret thermal maturity and extent of biodegradation. It documents most known petroleum systems by geologic age throughout Earth history. ... Read more


13. Handbook of Petroleum Refining Processes
by Robert A. Meyers
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Asin: 0071391096
Catlog: Book (2003-10-02)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 403541
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Thoroughly revised and expanded by 50%, this edition of this handbook offers petroleum and chemical engineers a comprehensive guide to all aspects of petroleum refining processes. The book features new chapters from Chevron, Mobil, Shell, Exxon, UOP, and Texaco which define technology, pollution-control, and economic aspects of 60 petroleum refining processes. Each chapter covers the process chemistry and thermodynamics, product and by-product specification of all plants. Also presented are estimates of capital and operating costs, and information on the design of additions to existing refineries and construction of new ones. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Petroleum Processes Handbook
I am interested in this particular technology and, naturally wondered if this was the book I was looking for. This book is a hardcover textbook from McGrawHill and contains clear,concise text with the right balance of general knowledge, technical discussion and charts/diarams. From only a knowledge of basic chemistry to advanced degrees in Sciece and Engineering, this book satisfies all! It is impecable in quality and content and,well worth the cost and, was delivered promptly.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, quick process overviews
This handbook provides short (10 pages per process typically) descriptions of widely used chemical processes. The level of detail is appropriate for anyone with a technical backround.

5-0 out of 5 stars HBORJA&USA.NET
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14. The Color of Oil : The History, the Money and the Politics of the World's Biggest Business
by Michael Economides, Ronald Oligney, Micheal Economides, Armando Izquierdo
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Asin: 0967724805
Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
Publisher: Round Oak Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 69884
Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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The primary colors of oil today are money (lots of it), technology (basic but demanding) and people (special ones). The colors of the rainbow can be seen in the 100+ oil producing countries. There are a dozen large petroleum producing and exporting countries. Yet most have little in their history that links them to wealth, technology and management. Corruption among the elite and governments, mismanagement and the squandering of the petroleum wealth are endemic. Culture is everything, and no other human endeavor makes this as pointedly obvious as the world of petroleum. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best overall view of a powerful industry
Michael Economides and Ron Oligney have taken the world of "big oil" and made all of its components easy to understand and an entertaining read for those with industry knowledge and for those without any oil industry background. From the history to the current politics to technical explanations for exploration and drilling technologies, the entire book brings all of the elements of oil together and logically tells the story of a business that the entire world is dependent upon for survival. A great read considering the current issues with oil prices.

5-0 out of 5 stars At last! Clear thinking and writing about a murky industry
With a one-two punch of factual data and anecdotal stories, Economides and Oligney peel open the somewhat dark and mysterious ways of petroleum in modern culture and commerce. It was particularly fascinating (and somewhat gratifying) to read how the oil industry's own political self-dealing for the first half of the twentieth-century (always with the more-than-willing assistance of supposedly populist politicians) nearly led to its own demise in the 1970s and 80s... And, the impact of those lessons in the so far relatively laissez faire 90s and 00s and into the next century.

I am somewhat baffled by the assertions of reviewer Stephen Mark, especially about the book's "extremely political" and "ungrammatical" nature. If anything, The Color of Oil exposes the foibles of politics and is an appeal to reason, which of course, is essentially (in the truest sense) apolitical. I found the book well-written and entertaining. Check out the anecdote about Stalin's admonition to his oil minister during WWII: "if Hitler gets one drop of oil, we will shoot you..." I won't give the rest away...

If you're the least bit interested in the oil industry, you are in for a real treat...

2-0 out of 5 stars Not that interesting
I have been dragging my feet to finish reading this book. It is not well-organized and full of opinions without solid arguments. Therefore, it is dry and hard to read. To the author's credit, a lot is covered in this thin book. If it had been expanded, the reader could have enjoyed it more.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too Heavy-Handed
Overall this is a decent book about the energy business, but could do with a little more fact and a lot less opinion. The attacks on the environmentalists and other critics of the oil industry are a distraction and add about zero value to ones overall understanding of the business.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Page Turner!
When a colleague suggested I read this book I was expecting a really bland read. Boy, was I surprised! This book is very well written and filled with lots of good and interesting information. A newer book that goes into great detail on oil economics, reserves, etc. and vulnerabilities post-9/11 is Terrorism & Oil by Neal Adams. It's a real eye-opener. ... Read more


15. Refinery Process Modeling
by Gerald L. Kaes
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Asin: 0967927404
Catlog: Book (2000-03-01)
Publisher: Elliott & Fitzpatrick
Sales Rank: 506390
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This book is a practical guide to the steady state modeling of petroleum processes (using commercial simulators).

The book bridges the gap between theoretical computer simulator programs and real world refinery processes.It is based on the author's practical experience in modeling refining processes for over 35 years and is the outgrowth of hundreds of training courses he has presented.The simulation techniques are general and may be applied to any commercial simulation program that has the necessary features to model petroleum processes.

Features include:
. Petroleum characteristics and standard laboratory tests
. Procedures for estimating incomplete laboratory test information
. Development of pseudo-components to represent petroleum
. Practical thermodynamic information
. Understandable approach to modeling distillation
. General technical information for processes
. Test data collection and reconciliation for processes
. Simulation techniques for refinery reaction systems
. Simulation procedures for processes
. Processes included are:
-Crude and vacuum distillation
-FCC processes
-Catalytic reforming processes
-Hydrogen processes
-Thermal processes
-Alkylation processes
-Miscellaneous processes

The reader will gain a working knowledge of the petroleum refining processes.The tips and tricks presented in this book will help the reader avoid the time consuming pitfalls so often encountered when developing simulation models.

The book contains a glossary of petroleum and chemical engineering terminology and an extensive index. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference
It's one of the best technical books I have ever bought. It's very easy to read, gives very good advice and covers the whole subjet. I also like that the author does not try to sell any process simulator. I hate it when an author tries to sell products with his/her books. This one is very good, because you're helped regardless of the process simulator you prefer.

I recommend buying this book very much.

4-0 out of 5 stars Refinery Process Modelling
An excellent guide to better understand what's going on with the simulator modelling our unit. Specially good for the CDU, very applicable advices giving more trust in results. ... Read more


16. Elements of Petroleum Geology
by Richard C. Selley
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Asin: 0126363706
Catlog: Book (1997-09-19)
Publisher: Academic Press
Sales Rank: 265028
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This Second Edition of Elements of Petroleum Geology is completely updated and revised to reflect the vast changes in the field in the fifteen years since publication of the First Edition. This book is a usefulprimer for geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum engineers in the oil industry who wish to expand their knowledge beyond their specialized area. It is also an excellent introductory text for a university course in petroleum geoscience.
Elements of Petroleum Geology begins with an account of the physical and chemical properties of petroleum, reviewing methods of petroleum exploration and production. These methods include drilling, geophysical exploration techniques, wireline logging, and subsurface geological mapping. After describing the temperatures and pressures of the subsurface environment and the hydrodynamics of connate fluids, Selley examines the generation and migration of petroleum, reservoir rocks and trapping mechanisms, and the habit of petroleum in sedimentary basins. The book contains an account of the composition and formation of tar sands and oil shales, and concludes with a brief review of prospect risk analysis, reserve estimation, and other economic topics.

* Updates the First Edition completely
* Reviews the concepts and methodology of petroleum exploration and production
* Written by a preeminent petroleum geologist and sedimentologist with 30 years of petroleum exploration in remote corners of the world
* Contains information pertinent to geophysicists, geologists, and petroleum reservoir engineers
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5-0 out of 5 stars From an OPEC country ...
Excellent book, easy to read for petroleum engineers yet quite insightful and nicely presented. A great deal of references are useful to direct further reading, this book became my preferred reference in petroleum geology. Highly recommendable.

Excelente libro, fácil de leer para ingenieros de petróleo pero no por eso superficial y además sobriamente formateado. Gran cantidad de referencias cumplen su propósito de dirigir el estudio de aquellos interesados en profundizar en cualquiera de los tópicos que cubre el autor más que satisfactoriamente. Sin duda una de mis referencias preferidas en el tema. Altamente recomendable.

5-0 out of 5 stars From the Titan of petroleum!
This second edition surveys the science of petroleum geology. It describes the generation, migration, and entrapment of oil and gas, and outlines the procedures used in their location, evaluation, and production. The topics, appropriate for the geology student (and cyber-cadet seeking abiogenic petroleum anywhere in the universe), include requisite basic material from the fields of petroleum engineering and geophysics. The eight colour plates are packed with useful information.

Selley's writing style is most welcome. ... Read more


17. Above Ground Storage Tanks
by Philip E. Myers
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Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The one reference devoted exclusively to aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), this book helps owners and regulators understand the design, operation, and maintenance of ASTs in the face of new industry regulations and meet the rigorous compliance requirements. Here is an ideal handbook for chemical, environmental, and civil engineers, and others concerned with the regulatory issues of ASTs. Sections examine various types of storage media and their applications; fundamental environmental engineering concerns; how to select the right industrial codes and standards for the tank; design considerations for ASTs; the construction, fabrication, and erection of tanks; and the requirements designed to keep ASTs environmentally sound. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Superb Book..... Well worth the time and Money
As a mechanical engineer with nearly 30 years of process equipment experience, I find this book invaluable for the design, specification and operation of storage facilities.

Meyers has a well organized, informative text with an easy to find index. The book is particularly useful where the pros and cons of design alternatives are compared. I have seen heated discussions resoved based on Meyer's recommendations.

As anyone who has delt with tank design over the past several years can tell you, design practices, recollections and anecdotes, combined with the occasional company guideline were the only references available. Now Meyers comes forth with an authoritative text that fills a long standing need.

Purchase this book along with the Aboveground Steel Storage Tank Handbook by Brian Digrado and you have (virtually) everything important that has been written about aboveground storage tanks.

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
. . We had a copy from the british library. It was so useful we decided to buy one despite the price. ... Read more


18. Fuel from Water: Energy Independence With Hydrogen
by Michael A. Peavey, Peavey Michael A.
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Asin: 0945516045
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Merit Products
Sales Rank: 41307
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written college paper in form of cheap book
This is an old college technical paper, put together to look like a book.
It is very poorly written, but probably technically correct.
The book jumps around with no particular sequence or direction.
If you are not an electrochemical engineer in training who likes really bad diagrams ( bordering on hand written ) and REALLY TERRIBLE photographs ( which look like somebody's 3rd pass Xerox copies of twenty five year old black and white photos ) you will not like this book.
It may be of assistance to a engineering student, who may need some of the obscure tables and reeeeally bad graphs.
It looks like this guy printed this on a Commodore 64, in his basement,,,, him self,,,,, twenty years ago!!!!!!!
The technical knowledge is there, but the book is a REEEEEALLY out of date, poor quality, and a piece of CRAP.

But it's a great buy if you are looking for the spark gap setting for a 1977 Cadillac running a hydrogen conversion kit on a gasoline engine!

5-0 out of 5 stars Author's Comment
The latest edition of Fuel From Water does not contain any specific instructions for constructing an electrolyzer. It does not encourage anyone without sufficient technical background to do so.
The unit conversion errors in a previous edition have been corrected. The book has been in print since 1985 and covers research since 1970. In the recent edition, 25 of the 186 footnotes are later than 1994. This book has been used as one of the texts for courses conducted by professional engineers who are capable of evaluating its scientific accuracy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for more than just info.
"Fuel From Water" is an exceptional book, containing anything the mind desires when entering the field of a hydrogen econonmy and/or technology. The book covers electroylsers; solid state polymer catalysts, 2 container seperation, and sulfur types.

Peavy goes into the fuel cell technologies such as pem, sofc. The types of storage of hydrogen with a non-bias opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of the storage devices. The book has more information on this topic than many others in its class. It is definately worth every penny, even if it is to open your eyes or to expand on this fuel technology.

5-0 out of 5 stars High Density Information In Plain English
I learned more in five minutes of reading this book than in months of wading through subject indexes in the library (much of the information cannot be found with on-line sources). More people should be made aware of the ideas this book offers in helping solve the world problem of energy. Fuel From Water is what I was looking for and I will put it to good use. Having always been interested in alternate energy sources, and since I am involved in electronics manufacturing, I find the production of electrical energy a fascinating subject. Peavey has done much of the work for me. A friend borrowed the book. He was thrilled to find that much information in one volume. He didn't return it. He just handed me the money to buy another.

1-0 out of 5 stars How to build a smoking crater with H2
As an engineer who both uses hydrogen and can work the math, I'm astonished that no one has corrected Peavey. He mixes units, get equations wrong and just plain can't spell. A decelerating engine is "braking" not "breaking", for example. His thermodynamic computations are often wrong once you work them out, his "borrowing" of other sources is painful where "propane" was not changed to "hydrogen" is all cases in a paragraph. Incredible. This text is very nearly the "Anarchist's Cookbook" of renewable energy -- there's a lot of words, some of it correct, but someone's going to get badly hurt if they actually follow this guide. All that, and a decade out of date to boot. If Amazon would take the book back, I'd gladly send them the ashes from the woodstove. ... Read more


19. Handbook of Electrical Engineering: For Practitioners in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry
by Alan L.Sheldrake
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-15)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A practical treatment of power system design within the oil, gas, petrochemical and offshore industries. These have significantly different characteristics to large-scale power generation and long distance public utility industries.
Developed from a series of lectures on electrical power systems given to oil company staff and university students, Sheldrake's work provides a careful balance between sufficient mathematical theory and comprehensive practical application knowledge.
Features of the text include:

  • Comprehensive handbook detailing the application of electrical engineering to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries
  • Practical guidance to the electrical systems equipment used on off-shore production platforms, drilling rigs, pipelines, refineries and chemical plants
  • Summaries of the necessary theories behind the design together with practical guidance on selecting the correct electrical equipment and systems required
  • Presents numerous 'rule of thumb' examples enabling quick and accurate estimates to be made
  • Provides worked examples to demonstrate the topic with practical parameters and data
  • Each chapter contains initial revision and reference sections prior to concentrating on the practical aspects of power engineering including the use of computer modelling
  • Offers numerous references to other texts, published papers and international standards for guidance and as sources of further reading material
  • Presents over 35 years of experience in one self-contained reference
  • Comprehensive appendices include lists of abbreviations in common use, relevant international standards and conversion factors for units of measure
An essential reference for electrical engineering designers, operations and maintenance engineers and technicians.

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20. Fluid Catalytic Cracking V
by P. O'Connor
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Asin: 0444504753
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Elsevier Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 936253
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Catalyst production for the transformation of crudes into gasoline and other fuel products is a billion dollar/year business and fluid cracking catalysts (FCCs) represent almost half of the refinery catalyst market.
During the cracking reactions, the FCC surface is contaminated by metals (Ni, V, Fe, Cu, Na) and by coke deposition. As a result, the catalyst activity and product selectivity is reduced to unacceptable levels thus forcing refiners to replace part of the recirculating equilibrium FCC inventory with fresh FCC to compensate for losses in catalyst performance. About 1,100 tons/day of FCC are used worldwide in over 200 fluid cracking catalyst units (FCCUs).
It is for these reasons that refiners' interest in FCC research has remained high through the years almost independantly, of crude oil prices. However, recent oil company mergers and the dissolution of research laboratories, have drastically decreased the number of researcher
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