CE 5392. SPECIAL TOPICS IN AIR POLLUTION. 3 Hours.
Sources, transport, fate, characteristics, and control of air contaminants. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Topics include: Topic 1 - Air Quality Modeling. Mathematical models for predicting air pollutant transport and transformation in the atmosphere, to evaluate health impacts and potential control strategies. The course covers 4 types of air quality models: box models, photochemical grid models (for ozone and particulate matter), Gaussian dispersion models (major emphasis), and receptor models. Use of Gaussian dispersion modeling software. Topic 2 - Air Pollution Control System Design. Design of air pollution control systems for stationary sources, including particle control technologies (cyclones, electrostatic precipitators, fabric filters and wet scrubbers) and gaseous control technologies (incinerators, adsorption systems, absorption systems, biofilters, nitrogen oxide controls, mercury controls, and carbon dioxide controls). Topic 3 - Air Pollution Chemistry and Meteorology. Designed to give students an understanding of how pollutants react and travel in the atmosphere. Chemistry of ground-level ozone formation, ozone layer depletion, acid deposition, fine particle formation, and climate change; meteorological variables impacting pollutant transport in the atmosphere, such as atmospheric stability, turbulence and wind speed. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.