Curriculum Structure


EN3004 Air Pollution Control Engineering

[Lecture: 26 hrs ; Tutorial: 13 hrs; Lab: 0 hr; Pre-requisite: Year 3 standing; Academic Unit: 3]

Learning Objective :

To provide an understanding of the sources & effects of air pollutants and their control legislations; and the fundamental theories and practices of various devices for major air pollutant control.

Course Content :

Introduction to air pollution control. Air pollution effects. Air pollution control legislations and philosophies. Measurement, emission estimates and meteorology. Air pollution concentration models. Indoor air quality and global climate. Engineering approach for air quality control. Natural of particulate pollutants. Control of particulates, volatile organics and hydrocarbons. Characteristics & control of sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides. Control of mobile source pollutants. Special topic: global efforts & advanced technology for CO2 control.

Course Outline :




Introduction to air pollution control (overview, sources and effects, emission standards, unit conversion, Air Quality Index, etc)


Measurement, emission estimates and structure of atmosphere


Meteorology & winds. Stability of the atmosphere, lapse rates & inversions


Air pollution dispersion models, Gaussian equation and variation


Indoor air quality and box model, global climate and global warming


Combustion related emissions


Engineering approach for air quality control & IAQ sampling analysis


Properties of particulate matters & collection mechanisms


Control of particulate matters


Characteristics and control of VOCs and HCs


Characteristics and control of sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides


Control of mobile source pollutants & special topic

Learning Outcome :

At the end of this module, the students should be able to:

  1. Describe air pollution, sources and effects on the human health & the environment;
  2. Apply meteorology knowledge to estimate air pollutants’ emissions and evaluate air quality;
  3. Describe global environmental issues due to air pollution;
  4. Explain the working principle of various air pollution control technology and propose appropriate approaches/control technologies to reduce air pollution;
  5. Apply appropriate knowledge to evaluate the performance of air pollution control devices.

Textbooks :

  1. "Air Pollution Control Engineering" Noel De Nevers, McGraw Hill International, 2nd or 3rd Edition.

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