For an organic chemist, you are not being specific. You state you “need to have some chemical engineering back ground which I don't have” but yet don’t identify what that background is specifically. Is it the inability to know what is inside a distillation tower? Is it a lack of knowledge in how a batch reactor is designed and operated?
If you could list out those items that you believe would strengthen your background and give you some added, worthwhile capability we might recommend more specific sources.
You don’t like equations (like most of us), but yet equations are what relates and explains how each of the above pieces of equipment work (or should work) and operate – and why. The basis of a fractionation column is simultaneous heat and mass transfer, and trying to understand those mechanisms without the use of “equations” is like trying to understand how a car works without opening up the hood. Nevertheless, you might get some helpful information on equipment functions and operations from:
1. Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants – three volumes; Ernest E. Ludwig; Gulf Publishing; Library of Congress Catalog Card number 64-18181;
2. Chemical Engineering Handbook; Perry & et al; McGraw-Hill;
I’m afraid I don’t know of any Internet website that will offer any specific details on what I think you are seeking. The sole website that I have found that helps out on the academic basics is Randel M. Price’s lecture notes that are available at: http://www.cbu.edu/~rprice/lectures/
I think you’ll find Prof. Price’s lecture’s – while very good and detailed – are very academic in nature and don’t give you any “hand’s on” information. For more down-to-earth reality and actual field information, Ludwig’s books are more revealing.
Perhaps if you attack each of the specific items that you are interested in and request specific information on these one at a time, we can offer some explanations or sources of further help.