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Mechanical Engineering (M E)

M E 405 Indoor Air Quality Engineering (3) Prediction of the motion of contaminants (both gaseous particulate) in gas streams; analysis of ventilation systems and air pollution control systems; comparison of experimental sampling techniques.

M E 405 Indoor Air Quality Engineering (3)

This course serves as an introduction to environmental health engineering, which presents the quantitative relationships describing generation, movement, and control of pollutants inside the workplace. Although some aspects of the course can be applied to outdoor air pollution, the course concentrates on applications related to indoor air quality. In particular, students are taught how to measure and predict concentrations of air pollutants, both gaseous and particulate, in rooms. In addition, they are taught how to design both local and general ventilation systems to maintain acceptable indoor air quality. In addition, the design of air pollution control systems that remove both gaseous and particulate contaminants from the air is discussed.

The relationships are described by mass and energy balances that relate pollutant generation and movement to process parameters. The course is designed for seniors and graduate students in Mechanical, Chemical, Environmental and Civil Engineering, and Meteorology.

To work effectively in environmental health engineering, students must be proficient in applying the thermal sciences. The course uses principles of mathematics and thermal sciences included in accredited programs of engineering. Most students will have mastered some of these principles, but few will have mastered them all. The course reviews all the necessary thermal science principles before using them, but some students will need to review this material in more detail than others.

This course is offered once per year.

Course Objectives:
a. Demonstrate the ability to analyze and compare risks associated with various activities and with exposure to hazardous chemicals.
b. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the physiology and function of the respiratory system, including diseases of the lung.
c. Demonstrate the ability to estimate pollutant emission rates using emission factors and fundamental mass balance techniques.
d. Analyze practical problems of general and local ventilation requirements.
e. Design local ventilation systems using standard guidelines from ACGIH and ASHRAE.
f. Predict the motion of particles in air, and analyze pollution control devices which remove particles from the air.
g. Demonstrate professionalism in interactions with colleagues, faculty, and staff.

Program Objectives:
a. demonstrate knowledge of chemistry
b. demonstrate ability to solve differential equations
C. demonstrate familiarity with statistics
d. perform analysis of thermal/fluids components and thermal/fluids systems
e. demonstrate an appreciation of the economic, global, social, and ethical context of their work
f. demonstrate professionalism in interactions with colleagues, faculty, and staff
g. make effective use of spreadsheets as an analysis and design tool
h. use software such as Matlab and MathCAD to solve engineering problems including ODE'S, systems of linear equations, and numerical integration


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: M E 320 or equivalent

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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