M E 433, Spring 2018
Fundamentals of Air Pollution

Prepared by Professor J. M. Cimbala, Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University
Latest revision, 02 January 2018

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Week
Dates
Lecture material
Homework
Quizzes
Week 1
01/08-01/12
Introduction, fundamentals
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Week 2
01/15-01/19
Introduction (continued)
HW 1
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Week 3
01/22-01/26
Sources, emissions, and classification of air pollutants
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Quiz 1
Week 4
01/29-02/02
Emission factors, APCS efficiency
HW 2
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Week 5
02/05-02/09
Coriolis force, global wind patterns, atmospheric stability
HW 3
Quiz 2
Week 6
02/12-02/16
Plume dispersion, Gaussian plume model
HW 4
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Week 7
02/19-02/23
Gaussian puff diffusion, steam vs. particle plumes,
introduction to particulate air pollution
HW 5
Quiz 3
Week 8
02/26-03/02
Particle number concentration, aerosols, definitions
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Spring Break
03/05-03/09
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Week 9
03/12-03/16
Particle motion, equations, drag, settling speeds
HW 6
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Week 10
03/19-03/23
Gravimetric settling, inertial separation, curved ducts
HW 7
Quiz 4
Week 11
03/26-03/30
Cyclone separators, cleaners in parallel and series
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Week 12
04/02-04/06
Cascade impactors, sampling with probes sampling
HW 8
Quiz 5
Week 13
04/09-04/13
Raindrops and spray towers, wet scrubbers
HW 9
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Week 14
04/16-04/20
Air filters, baghouses, ESPs, intro to particle statistics
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Quiz 6
Week 15
04/23-04/27
Particle statistics, cumulative distribution functions
HW 10
Optional HW 11
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Finals Week
04/30-05/04
The final exam is scheduled for:
To be scheduled by PSU
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