Air Pollution Control Engineering:  by Noel  de Nevers
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Air Pollution Control Engineering
Third Edition
Engineers in multiple disciplines—environmental, chemical, civil, and mechanical—contribute to our understanding of air pollution control. To that end, Noel de Nevers has incorporated these multiple perspectives into an engaging and accessible overview of the subject. While based on the fundamentals of chemical engineering, the book is accessible to any reader with only one year of college chemistry. In addition to detailed discussions of individual air pollutants and the theory and practice of air pollution control devices, de Nevers devotes seven chapters to topics that influence device selection and design, such as atmospheric models and U.S. air pollution law. The Third Edition’s many in-text examples and end-of-chapter problems provide a more complex treatment of the concepts presented. Significant updates include more discussion on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and a thorough look at the Volkswagen diesel-emission scandal.
“This is possibly the best air pollution control book ever written.” — Gregory Kallio, California State University, Chico

“Noel de Nevers’ text remains my first choice. It is readable and accurate.” — Geoffrey Silcox, University of Utah
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Air Pollution Control
Some of the History of Air Pollution Control in the United States of America / Why the Sudden Rise in Interest in 1969–1970? / Dirty Air Removal or Emission Control? / One Problem or a Family of Problems? / Emissions, Transport, Receptors / Units and Standards / The Plan of This Book

2. Air Pollution Effects
Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health / Air Pollution Effects on Property / Air Pollution Effects on Visibility

3. Air Pollution Control Laws and Regulations, Air Pollution Control Philosophies
U.S. Air Pollution Laws and Regulations / Air Pollution Control Philosophies / The Four Philosophies / Changes and Adjustments / Principal U.S. Air Pollution Laws

4. Air Pollution Measurements, Emission Estimates
A Representative Sample / Getting the Representative Sample to the Detector / Concentration Determination / Averaging / Standard Analytical Methods / Determining Pollutant Flow Rates / Isokinetic Sampling / Emission Factors / Visible Emissions

5. Meteorology for Air Pollution Control Engineers
The Atmosphere / Horizontal Atmospheric Motion / Vertical Motion in the Atmosphere / Winds / Temperature Inversions / Fumigations, Stagnations / Meteorological Forecasts

6. Air Pollutant Concentration Models
Introduction / Fixed-Box Models / Diffusion Models / Plume Rise / Long-Term Average Uses of Gaussian Plume Models / Pollutant Creation and Decay in the Atmosphere / Multiple Cell Models / Receptor-Oriented and Source-Oriented Air Pollution Models / Other Topics

7. General Ideas in Air Pollution Control
Alternatives / Resource Recovery / The Ultimate Fate of Pollutants / Designing Air Pollution Control Systems and Equipment / Fluid Velocities in Air Pollution Control Equipment / Minimizing Volumetric Flow Rate and Pressure Drop / Efficiency, Penetration, Nines / Homogeneous and Nonhomogeneous Pollutants / Basing Calculations on Inert Flowrates / Combustion / Changing Volumetric Flow Rates / Acid Dew Point / Catalysts for Air Pollution Control

8. The Nature of Particulate Pollutants
Primary and Secondary Particulates / Settling Velocity and Drag Forces / Particle Size Distribution Functions / Particles in Our Bodies / Secondary Fine Particles / Behavior of Particles in the Atmosphere

9. Control of Primary Particulates
Wall Collection Devices / Dividing Collection Devices / Choosing a Collector

10. Control of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Vapor Pressure, Equilibrium Vapor Content, Evaporation / VOCs / Control by Prevention / Control by Concentration and Recovery / Control by Oxidation / The Mobile Source Problem / Choosing a Control Technology

11. Control of Sulfur Oxides
The Elementary Oxidation-Reduction Chemistry of Sulfur and Nitrogen / An Overview of the Sulfur Problem / The Removal of Reduced Sulfur Compounds from Petroleum and Natural Gas Streams / Removal of SO2 from Rich Waste Gases / Removal of SO from Lean Waste Gases / Future SO2 Control Technologies

12. Control of Nitrogen Oxides
An Overview of the Nitrogen Oxides Problem / Thermal NO / Prompt NO / Fuel NO / Noncombustion Sources of Nitrogen Oxides / Control of Nitrogen Oxide Emissions / Units and Standards in NOx Control

13. The Motor Vehicle Problem
An Overview of the Problem of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles / The Internal Combustion (IC) Engine / Crankcase and Evaporative Emissions / Tailpipe Emissions / Tampering and Emission Testing / Storage and Transfer Emissions / Alternative Power Plants / Reducing Our Dependence on Motor Vehicles

14. Air Pollutants and Global Climate
Global Warming/Climate Change / Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and Chlorofluorocarbons / Acid Rain / The Current Situation

15. Other Topics
Carbon Monoxide (CO) / Lead / Hazardous Air Pollutants, HAP, (Air Toxics) / Indoor Air Pollution / The Radon Problem

Appendix A: Useful Values
Appendix B: Table of Acronyms
Appendix C: Fuels
Appendix D: Elementary Chemistry of Ozone Production
Appendix E: Adsorber Breakthrough Time
Appendix F: Answers to Selected Problems