Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes
4th Edition

Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes
Richard M. Felder
Ronald W. Rousseau,
Lisa G. Bullard

© 2016

This best-selling text prepares students to formulate and solve material and energy balances in chemical process systems and lays the foundation for subsequent courses in chemical engineering. The text provides a realistic, informative, and positive introduction to the practice of chemical engineering.

Richard Felder is a recognised global leader in the field of engineering education and this text embodies a lifetime of study and practice in effective teaching techniques. The text is in use at more than four out of five chemical engineering programs in the US.

  • Integrated reading questions provide students with links to selected answers and ‘test yourself’ questions
  • Algorithmic problems provide students with immediate feedback, hints, and (for some problems) a detailed tutorial of how to approach the solution
  • Nine case studies demonstrate the role of single-unit calculations in the analysis of multiple-unit industrial processes, and can be assigned as term projects for individuals or groups


  • The text has been updated throughout, reflecting the broadened scope of chemical engineering practice, to include biomedical, biochemical, biomolecular, environmental, energy, materials, and safety applications
  • Approximately 350 new and revised chapter-end problems, many featuring new application areas including 33 on Safety, 42 on Environment, 42 on Bioengineering, 11 on Alternative Energy, and 11 on Materials
  • An 'Index of Selected Applications in Problems' assists instructors in targeting problem applications for homework or in-class examples
  • Notes With Gaps: detailed coursepack for Chapters 2-9 with lecture notes containing blanks to fill in and spaces in which to work examples. The intent would be for instructors to provide the Notes With Gaps to their students before lecture, so the students could fill in the gaps during class/lecture. This is an excellent tool for new instructors as well as instructors seeking to apply active learning approaches. 
  • APEx: an Excel add-in that eliminates much of the drudgery of routine calculations that require large expenditures of time and have little instructional value

Topics covered

Chapter 1. What Some Chemical Engineers Do for a Living

Chapter 2. Introduction to Engineering Calculations

Chapter 3. Processes and Process Variables

Chapter 4. Fundamentals of Material Balances

Chapter 5. Single-Phase Systems

Chapter 6. Multiphase Systems

Chapter 7. Energy and Energy Balances

Chapter 8. Balances on Nonreactive Processes

Chapter 9. Balances on Reactive Processes

Chapter 10. Balances on Transient Processes