Course Description:

This course prepares the student to evaluate techniques typically used to control volatile organic emissions from industrial sources. Process descriptions, emission sources and characterizations, regulatory requirements, and emission controls are discussed, along with techniques for field evaluation. Industrial sources covered include surface coating, graphic arts, petroleum refining, petroleum product storage and distribution, liquid asphalt, degreasing and dry cleaning. Supporting topics include basic organic chemistry, photochemistry, VOC properties, source measurement, national emissions inventory, and the Federal approach to regulation of VOC sources. A scientific calculator is required.

Major Topics:

  • Basics of organic chemistry and photochemistry
  • VOC properties
  • National emissions and the regulatory approach
  • Source measurement of VOCs
  • Surface coating processes
  • Graphic arts processes
  • Petroleum refining and product storage and distribution
  • Liquid asphalt
  • Degreasing processes
  • Dry cleaning processes
  • VOC control methods

Desired Background:
Engineering/scientific degree or successful completion of Air Pollution Control Orientation Course (SI:422) or equivalent experience.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Alice Lutrey at alutrey(at) or Joan Walstrum at jwaltrum(at) or 443-901-1882.