Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications

Prentice Hall
Daniel A. Crowl / Joseph F. Louvar  
Total pages
June 2019
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As chemical processes have grown increasingly complex, so have the safety systems required to control them.  Chemical Process Safety, Fourth Edition, offers students and practitioners the deeper, more fundamental understanding of safety required to properly design and manage these sophisticated processes and systems.

Long the field’s definitive guide, this edition has been extensively updated throughout to cover current techniques and procedures. It includes extensive updates to chapters on relief sizing, hazards identification, risk assessment, and many other topics. Extensive new web resources include 50 new problems and solutions (mostly in SI units), and 25 new case histories. The book’s coverage also includes
  • Toxicology
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Source models
  • Toxic release and dispersion models
  • Fires, explosions, and their prevention
  • Chemical reactivity
  • Reliefs
  • Safety procedures, designs, and more
Chemical Process Safety, Fourth Edition, fully reflects both industrial and academic perspectives, ensuring that material is presented on a fundamental basis and linked closely to actual practice, and making it indispensable for both students and working engineers.


  • Brings the book up-to-date for current risk assessment techniques, industry standards, and scenarios
  • Integrates a wide spectrum of subject areas relevant to process safety, including fluid flow and kinetics
  • Includes updated examples and homework problems throughout
  • Contains extensively updated coverage of relief sizing, hazards identification, risk assessment, and other topics
  • Adds 25 new incident case histories and 50 new problems on the accompanying website
  • Helps chemical engineering programs meet emerging accreditation requirements related to chemical process safety

New to this Edition

This edition has been updated throughout to reflect current industrial practices. Highlights include:
  • Especially extensive updates to chapters on Relief Sizing, Hazards Identification, and Risk Assessment
  • A new website containing extensive resources, including 50 new problems and solutions (mostly in SI units, ideal for international markets; as well as 25 new case histories on recent incidents

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Toxicology
  • 3. Industrial Hygiene
  • 4. Source Models
  • 5. Toxic Release and Dispersion Models
  • 6. Fires and Explosions
  • 7. Concepts to Prevent Fires and Explosions
  • 8. Chemical Reactivity
  • 9. Introduction to Reliefs
  • 10. Relief Sizing
  • 11. Hazards Identification.
  • 12. Risk Assessment
  • 13. Safety Procedures and Designs
  • 14. Case Histories


Daniel A. Crowl is the Herbert H. Dow Professor for Chemical Process Safety at Michigan Technological University. Professor Crowl received his B.S. in fuel science from Pennsylvania State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. He is coauthor of the textbook Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications, published by Pearson. He is also author/editor of several AIChE books on process safety and editor of the safety section in the eighth edition of Perry’s Chemical Engineer’s Handbook. Professor Crowl has won numerous awards, including the Bill Doyle award from AIChE, the Chemical Health and Safety Award from ACS, the Walton/Miller award from the Safety and Health Division of AIChE, and the Gary Leach Award from the AIChE Board. Professor Crowl is a Fellow of AIChE, ACS Safety and Health Division, and CCPS.

Joseph F. Louvar has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in chemical engineering. He is currently a professor at Wayne State University after having retired from the BASF Corporation. While working at the BASF Corporation, he was a director of BASF’s chemical engineering department; his responsibilities included the production of specialty chemicals, and he managed the implementation and maintenance of five processes that handled highly hazardous chemicals that were covered by Process Safety Management. As a professor at Wayne State University, he teaches chemical process safety, risk assessment, and process design. Professor Louvar is the author of many safety-related publications and the coauthor of two books, Chemical Process Safety: Fundamentals with Applications and Health and Environmental Risk Analysis: Fundamentals with Applications, both published by Pearson. Professor Louvar has been the chair of the Loss Prevention Committee and the Safety and Health Division. He is the CCPS staff consultant for the Undergraduate Education Committee, commonly known as the Safety and Chemical Engineering Education Committee (SAChE), and he is the coeditor of AIChE’s journal for process safety, Process Safety Progress.