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Encyclopedia > Aqueous Wastes from Petroleum and Petrochemical Plants
Aqueous Wastes from Petroleum and Petrochemical Plants
Author Milton R. Beychok
Language English
Subject(s) Industrial wastewaters
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Released 1967 (1st Edition)
Media Type Hardback
Pages 379

Aqueous Wastes from Petroleum and Petrochemical Plants is a book about the composition and treatment of the various wastewater streams produced in the hydrocarbon processing industries (i.e., oil refineries, petrochemical plants and natural gas processing plants). When it was published in 1967, it was the first book devoted to that subject. Wastewater is any water that has been adversely affected in quality by anthropogenic influence. ... Hydrocarbons are refined at oil refineries and processed at chemical plants In chemistry, a hydrocarbon is any chemical compound that consists only of the elements carbon (C) and hydrogen (H). ... View of Shell Oil Refinery in Martinez, California. ... A petrochemical is any chemical derived from fossil fuels. ... Many stoves use natural gas. ...

The book is notable for being the first technical publication of a method for the rigorous tray-by-tray design of steam distillation towers for removing hydrogen sulfide from oil refinery wastewaters. Such towers are commonly referred to as sour water strippers. The design method was also presented at a World Petroleum Congress Meeting shortly after the book was published.[1] Laboratory set-up for steam distillation Steam distillation is a special type of distillation (a separation process) for temperature sensitive materials like natural aromatic compounds. ... Flash point -82. ...

The subjects covered in the book include wastewater pollutants and the pertinent governmental regulations, oil refinery and petrochemical plant wastewater effluents, treatment methods, miscellaneous effluents, data on the cost of various wastewater treatment methods, and an extensive reference list. Pollutants are substances which directly or indirectly damage us or the environment. ... In the context of creating Plutonium at the Hanford Site, effluent refers to the cooling water that is discharged from a nuclear reactor that may or may not be radioactive. ...

Availability in libraries

The book became a classic in its field and is available in major university, public and industrial libraries worldwide. The book has no ISBN number because they were not in use in 1967. The Library of Congress catalog number (LCCN) is 67019834 and the British Library system number is 012759691. It is no longer in print, but photocopies can be obtained from the ProQuest Company's Books On Demand service. [2] The Great Hall interior. ... British Library Ossulston St entrance, with distinctive red logo. ...

Book reviews

One of the book reviews is that of Dr. Nelson V. Nemerow, a Civil Engineering professor at the University of Syracuse in New York state, published in 1968 in the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science and Technology.[3] Syracuse University (SU) is a private American research university. ... The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry. ...


  1. ^ Beychok, M.R., The Design of Sour Water Strippers, Individual Paper 61, Proceedings of Seventh World Petroleum Congress, Mexico City, April 1967
  2. ^ Books On Demand search page
  3. ^ BOOKSHELF:Compleat aqueous waste control guide



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