Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Eugene Quah/Victoria Lamb/Dr Gavin Mudd


This unit considers international agreements in the air environment and links them to sustainability. Sources of air pollution are considered, together with the effects on humans and the environment, current levels of air pollution as well as air quality standards. This leads to consideration of atmospheric stability conditions and an explanation of how air pollution moves in the atmosphere and related plume behaviour which is important for an understanding of point and a real dispersion modelling of pollutants. Air pollution control strategies, factors important in control equipment selection and design of overall control schemes are covered relating to both particulates and gases.


On completion of this unit it is anticipated that students will be able to:

  • Understand what international protocols exist, their content, and how they relate to sustainability issues
  • Identify major sources of air pollution and be able to explain their impact on human health, vegetation, structures, aesthetics etc
  • Understand and explain the various atmospheric stability conditions and how they relate to different plume behaviour and dispersion of particulate and gaseous discharges
  • Understand processes and technologies available to reduce or eliminate the adverse consequences of gaseous discharges.
  • Calculate the atmospheric dispersion of discharges from both point and areal sources of air pollution
  • Describe the factors important in control equipment selection.
  • Design overall control schemes demonstrating an understanding of the complete process
  • Design of Particulate control systems including cyclone separators, electrostatic precipitators, filters and wet scrubbers.
  • Design of gaseous control. Systems including Incineration and gas/solid adsorption for VOC control and gas scrubbers for removal of non-condensable components.


Assignments and field trip reports: 40%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

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Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice and computer classes and 7 hours of private study per week