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Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:52:05 -0400
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A new book on batch processing: Modeling and Design by Urmila Diwekar is 
out from CRC press. 

Batch processes are widely used in pharmaceutical, food, and specialty 
chemicals where high value, low volume products are manufactured. Recent 
developments in bio-based manufacturing also favor batch processes because 
feedvariations can be easily handled in batch processes. Further, the 
emerging area of nanomaterials manufacturing currently uses batch processes 
as they are low volume, high energy intensive processes. Design of these 
processes is difficult because of the time dependent nature of the process 
and the allowable flexibility. Although batch processing has existed for a 
long time, designing these processes and unit operations was an onerous 
task and required computational efforts. Therefore, traditional design 
books did not cover batch processing in detail. The aim of this book is to 
fill this void. The book describes various unit operations in batch and bio-
processing and design methods for these units. Numerical methods are 
necessary to solve these design problems. The time dependent nature of 
batch processes result in challenging scheduling and planning problems. 
Further, every unit encounters optimal control problems. This book provides 
basics to solve these problems. The book is intended as a
text as well as reference book for researchers and practitioners alike.