ENGRMAE 164 Air Pollution and Control (2017-2018)

ENGRMAE 164 Air Pollution and Control

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ChE, EnE and ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 164 Air Pollution and Control (Credit Units: 4) Sources, dispersion, and effects of air pollutants. Topics include emission factors, emission inventory, air pollution, meteorology, air chemistry, air quality modeling, impact assessment, source and ambient monitoring, regional control strategies. Prerequisite: MAE91; MAE130A or CEE170. Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0691001852.

Recommended Textbook:

DeNevers, Noel. Air Pollution Control Engineering, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Donald Dabdub
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Identify the major sources and sinks of air pollutants.

2. Understand the key chemical transformations of air pollution.

3. Relate air pollution regulation and its scientific basis.

4. Describe engineering solutions to air pollution problems.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
Lecture Topics:

This class introduces the chemistry and physics of air pollution. It examines the sources of air pollutants and pollutant precursors and the processes involved in the transport and transformation of these pollutant species in the atmosphere. It then presents engineering strategies to reduce air pollution. The physics and chemistry of air pollution

  • Chemical equilibrium and chemical kinetics
  • Pollutants in the atmosphere
  • Atmospheric photochemistry
  • Chemistry of the troposphere (e.g., smog)
  • Chemistry of the stratosphere (e.g., the ozone hole)
  • Combustion generated pollutants
  • Engineering solutions

Possible special topics

  • The LA basin
  • Mobile sources
  • Particulates
  • Greenhouse effect
  • Acid rain
  • Distributed energy
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Some of the assignments in the class will benefit from symbolic and numerical solutions strategies such as those found in Matlab, Mathematica, or Mathcad using mostly the MS-Windows platform. No Matlab toolkits are required.

Laboratory Projects:

Project is answering an air pollution question of the student’s choice (subject to instructor approval). The question must be open-ended (i.e., no specific solution but issues that are to be traded off). Provide a brief project report (5 pages maximum) of project with the following structure: 1) Background; 2) Your question; 3) Discussion; 4) Summary; 5) References; 6) Supporting documents.

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Engineering Topics and/or Design experience for both Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering majors.

Design Content Description

Half of the course describes the physics and chemistry involved in the production of air pollution. The other half of the course describes design strategies (based on the production physics and chemistry) for mitigating air pollution. One-half of all homework assignments, midterm problems, and final exam problems relate to the design of air pollution mitigation strategies. In addition, the course involves a design project, where students answer an open-ended (i.e., design) question.

Lectures: 75%
Laboratory Portion: 25%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm: 30%
  • Project: 30%
  • Final: 20%
  • Total: 100%

Homework: Approximately 6 homework assignments will be given during the term. The object of the homework is LEARN. Hence, we will discuss all homework problems in class, led by a study team for each problem. It is intended that students work together in small groups on the homework. Each week, students will present the solutions to the homework for discussion.

Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr