Air Pollution Control: A Design Approach by C. David Cooper, F. C. Alley
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Air Pollution Control
A Design Approach
Fourth Edition
A 25-year tradition of excellence is extended in the Fourth Edition of this highly regarded text. In clear, authoritative language, the authors discuss the philosophy and procedures for the design of air pollution control systems. Their objective is twofold: to present detailed information on air pollution and its control, and to provide formal design training for engineering students.

New to this edition is a comprehensive chapter on carbon dioxide control, perhaps the most critical emerging issue in the field. Emphasis is on methods to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the technologies for carbon capture and sequestration. An expanded discussion of control technologies for coal-fired power plants includes details on the capture of NOx and mercury emissions. All chapters have been revised to reflect the most recent information on U.S. air quality trends and standards. Moreover, where available, equations for equipment cost estimation have been updated to the present time. Abundant illustrations clarify the concepts presented, while numerous examples and end-of-chapter problems reinforce the design principles and provide opportunities for students to enhance their problem-solving skills.
“I loved the previous edition, and this edition is even better. The addition of the CO2 chapter is excellent.” — Marko Princevac, University of California, Riverside

“This is a classic textbook. I have used the second, third, and now the fourth editions over the past fifteen years. I like the detailed coverage of critical control technologies and its application to real-world solutions. Students prefer the textbook for its problem-solving approaches and rigorous worked examples.” — John Kuruvilla, University of North Texas

“One of the best books in air pollution.” — Shekar Viswanathan, San Diego State University

“This new edition is a timely publication of emerging topics such as CO2 control and indoor air quality.” — Chang-Yu Wu, University of Florida

“I liked the third edition, so I am very much pleased with the fourth. Inclusion of the chapter on carbon sequestration is quite beneficial. My thanks to the authors!” — Stephen Zemba, Tufts University
Table of Contents
1. An Overview
Introduction / Definitions and Types of Pollutants / Pollutants of Global Concern / Legislative and Regulatory Trends / The Ideal Gas Law and Concentration Measurements in Gases / Other Applications of the Ideal Gas Law / Gas Flow Measurement / Causes, Sources, and Effects / National Air Quality Trends

2. What Is Process Design?
Introduction / General Design Considerations / Simple Analysis of a Coal-Fired Power Plant / Engineering Economics / APC Equipment Cost Estimation / Preliminary Fixed Capital Cost Estimates for Pollution Control Projects / Annual Operating Cost Estimates

3. Particulate Matter
Introduction / Characteristics of Particles / Particulate Behavior in Fluids / Overview of Particulate Control Equipment

4. Cyclones
Introduction / Theory / Design Considerations / Costs

5. Electrostatic Precipitators
Introduction / Theory / Design Considerations / Wet ESPs / Costs

6. Fabric Filters
Introduction / Theory / Design Considerations / Costs

7. Particulate Scrubbers
Introduction / Theory and Design Considerations / Other Considerations / Costs

8. Auxiliary Equipment: Hoods, Ducts, Fans, and Coolers
Introduction / Hoods / Ducts / Fans / Cooling Hot Airstreams / Costs

9. A Particulate Control Problem
Introduction / Problem Statement / Options for Final Control / Major Items of Equipment / Summary

10. Properties of Gases and Vapors
Introduction / Vapor Pressure / Diffusivities / Gas-Liquid and Gas-Solid Equilibria / Chemical Reactions

11. VOC Incinerators
Introduction / Theory / Design Considerations / Costs

12. Gas Adsorption
Introduction / Adsorption Theory / Physical Properties of Adsorbents / Fixed-Bed Adsorption Systems / Design of Fixed-Bed Adsorption Systems / Economics of Fixed-Bed Carbon Adsorption Systems / Fluidized-Bed Adsorbers

13. Gas Absorption
Introduction / Absorption Tower Design / Estimating the Cost of Absorption Towers / Stripping Operations

14. Biological Control of VOCs and Odors
Introduction / Theory and Descriptive Information / Key Considerations in the Design and Operation of Biofilters

15. Control of Sulfur Oxides
Introduction / Overview of Control Strategies / Limestone Scrubbing / Mercury Control / Costs

16. Control of Nitrogen Oxides
Introduction / Chemistry of NOx Formation / NOx Control: Stationary Sources / Costs

17. A Vapor Control Problem
Introduction / Problem Statement / Selecting a Design Flow Rate / Carbon Adsorption System / Thermal Incineration System / Catalytic Incineration System / Biofilter System / Summary

18. Mobile Sources: An Overview
Introduction / Magnitude of the Problem / Characteristics of Engines in Mobile Sources / Vehicle Emissions and Emission Controls / Other Measures for Control of Air Pollution from Vehicles

19. Air Pollution and Meteorology
Introduction / General Atmospheric Circulation Patterns / Local Circulation Effects / Atmospheric Stability and Vertical Mixing / Photochemistry and Smog / Meteorology and Air Pollution

20. Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling
Introduction / A Physical Explanation of Dispersion / The Gaussian Model / Tall Stacks and Plume Rise / Computer Programs for Dispersion Modeling (Point Sources) / Mobile Sources and Line Source Models

21. Indoor Air Quality and Control
Introduction / Some Pollutants of Concern / Source Control and Ventilation / Material Balance Models for Indoor Air Quality / Practical Solutions to IAQ Problems / Case Studies

22. Control of Carbon Dioxide
Introduction / Magnitude of the CO2 Problem / CO2 Prevention / CO2 Capture / Transportation and Sequestration of CO2 / Summary

Appendix A: Conversion Factors
Appendix B: Properties of Air and Other Materials
Appendix C: Some Properties of a Gaussian Distribution
Appendix D: Computer Programs
Appendix E: Practice Problems (with Solutions) in Air Quality for the P.E. Examination in Environmental Engineering
Appendix F: Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems