Calum Hughes reviews ten key oil and gas resources for mechanical engineers. Calum is a dual-qualified chartered mechanical engineer and lawyer. He is a Director of Yellow Wood Energy Consulting and a long-term member of the IMechE’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals Committee.

Process systems and materials for CO2 capture: modelling, design, control and integration (Wiley, 2017)

A compilation of technical papers and case studies covering a broad range of CO2 capture related technologies. Areas covered include: analysis of, including computer modelling techniques for, the simulation, design and optimisation of CO2 separation and capture processes and materials; and the operation and control of those processes.

Standard handbook of petroleum and natural gas engineering, 3rd ed (Elsevier, 2016)standard handbook petroleum

A practical handbook for engineers working in the upstream oil and gas industries. Oilfield equipment, systems, processes and terminologies are explained. Examples of the steps required for the design and specification of equipment and processes are provided along with clear descriptions and associated practical advice. Areas covered include: general oilfield engineering, science and maths techniques; drilling and well completions; reservoir and production engineering; auxiliary equipment; and a section on the economic evaluation of oilfield projects. US/oilfield units, terminology, standards and specifications are predominantly used.

Rules of thumb for petroleum engineers (Wiley, 2017)

A technical reference book aimed specifically at petroleum engineers but also useful for mechanical engineers working in the upstream oil and gas industry. A wide range of petroleum industry processes and technical subjects are succinctly presented in distinct chapters arranged alphabetically for ease of reference. A clear description of each subject is provided along with formulas and criteria for the determination of key factors. References to applicable codes and standards are also given.

Coulson and Richardson’s chemical engineering, 4th ed, v3b: process control (Elsevier, 2017)

Coulson and Richardson's Chemical EngineeringAn in-depth explanation of control systems for industrial chemical processes. Descriptions are provided of a comprehensive list of control system hardware components followed by explanations and analysis of the fundamentals of various modelling and design techniques for process control systems. Modelling functions and MATLAB programs are provided. Useful for engineers involved in the detailed design or operation of chemical process control systems.

Perry’s chemical engineers’ handbook, 8th ed (McGraw-Hill, 2008)

perry's chemicalA comprehensive chemical engineering reference work. Includes an explanation of the fundamental mathematical and physical principles and data underpinning chemical engineering followed by a detailed description of the principle industrial chemical processes and the associated plant control systems and fluid transfer and heat transfer equipment. Several other subjects useful to the practising engineer are covered including: process economics; waste management; process safety; and materials of construction.

Aimed primarily at chemical engineers it is also very useful for mechanical engineers working in the petroleum, chemical and processing industries.

Oil and gas pipelines and piping systems (Elsevier, 2017)

oil and gasA guide to the design, specification, construction and commissioning of oil and gas industry pipelines and piping systems. Provides a clear explanation of relevant design and engineering considerations along with some applicable design formulae and data as well as a wealth of practical advice on fabrication and construction. Includes descriptions of, and considerations relating to, some pipeline associated equipment and pipeline corrosion.

An extremely useful overview of the subject for any mechanical engineer working with pipelines and piping systems. Note that some sections are presented as prescriptive specifications and care would be needed to ensure that these did not clash with project specific specifications and standards.

Chemical and process plant commissioning handbook (Elsevier, 2012)

chemical and process plantA systematic explanation of the commissioning process for a typical process plant. Written with the benefit of a wealth of practical experience, many checks and steps which are easy for an inexperienced commissioning team to omit, are included. Whilst specific commissioning procedures and requirements will apply to each particular project this book provides a thorough overview of, and template for, the general commissioning process that would be of value to any mechanical engineer involved with the commissioning of process plant.

What went wrong? Case histories of process plant disasters and how they could have been avoided, 5th ed (Elsevier, 2009)

A series of actual process plant related events which lead to death and personal injury, providing salutary reminders of the great responsibility which goes with being an engineer in the process industry. Helpfully categorised into topic based chapters this book provides a useful reference for practitioners to the dangers associated with specific aspects of process plant and is also an invaluable source of ‘real-life’ incidents for use at safety meetings, tool-box talks and the like.

Managing risk and reliability of process plants (Elsevier, 2003)

Managing Risk and Reliability of Process PlantsA broad overview of risk analysis and management techniques as applied to process plants. The need for risk management is explained and a number of risk identification, assessment and management techniques are described. Case studies and worked examples are included. Although differing risk management systems and procedures will be applied on each specific project this book provides a good general introduction and overview to process plant risk for mechanical engineers working in that area.

Piping calculations manual (McGraw-Hill, 2005)

piping calculationsA practical guide to the design of process plant piping systems and some associated equipment. Helpfully categorised into chapters each covering a different utility or process fluid type. Design considerations and concepts are clearly explained and the necessary formulas and associated data are provided along with a large number of worked examples. A very useful reference work for the mechanical engineer working on process plant piping systems.

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