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Environmental Management

Cranfield University
School of Engineering
Contact Provider
1 Week
Short Course
This course will be of particular interest engineers employed in the heat and power generation, energy, and process industries.
Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield, MK43 0AL, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

A short course which considers the human impact on the environment and provides updated knowledge of pollution control equipment and environmental management systems and tools.

Course Objectives: on completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Recognise the complexity of environmental issues facing industrial organisations.
  • Identify the emissions of atmospheric and water pollutants from an industrial activity and assess their environmental impacts.
  • Appraise critically available pollution control technology/equipment in order to make a successful selection of the most appropriate and viable option for a given application.
  • Make sound judgement in the absence of complete data and communicate effectively conclusions obtained.
  • Continue to advance their knowledge and assimilate new future technologies.

Course Topics:

  • Environmental Pollution - An Introduction: Pollution. Main ecological concepts. Ecosystem processes. The human dimension. Environmental gradients, tolerance and adaptation. Major biogeochemical cycles.
  • Atmospheric Pollution: Sources, sinks and concentration trends for atmospheric pollutants.
  • Environmental Impacts of Atmospheric Pollution: Global issues (global warming; ozone-layer depletion). Regional issues (acid deposition; the Arctic haze). Urban air pollution (urban growth patterns; urban air pollutants; atmospheric pollution and human health; effects of atmospheric pollution on plants).
  • Dispersal of Atmospheric Pollutants: Air pollution and meteorology (lapse rate and atmospheric stability; Temperature inversions; Atmospheric mixing height and ventilation coefficient). Dispersion modelling (plume rise; The Gaussian plume dispersion model).
  • Control of Atmospheric Pollution: Particulate pollutants (gravity settling chambers; Centrifugal separators; Electrostatic precipitators; Filters and scrubbers). VOCs (Adsorption; Condensation; Absorption; Thermal oxidation; Bio-oxidation). SO2 (Removal of SO2 from rich waste gases; Sulphuric acid plants; Removal of SO2 from lean waste gases; Scrubbers; Dry systems; Wet-dry systems). NOx (Selective catalytic reduction; Selective non-catalytic reduction; Non-selective catalytic reduction). CO2 (Industrial emissions; The Kyoto Protocol; CO2 capture from flue-gas streams of fossil fuel-fired power plants; CO2 storage; CO2 utilisation).
  • Water Pollutants and Basic Treatment Principles: Water contaminants. Overview of drinking water treatment processes. Regulatory requirements for drinking water in Europe.
  • Wastewater Pollutants and Basic Treatment Principles: Rationalization of wastewater quality including the origin, abundance and classification of pollutants. Pollution measurement. Overview of regulations. Brief description of common wastewater treatment processes and main principles.
  • Water Flowsheet exercise: Exploration of the logical sequence of treatment processes required to achieve water/wastewater treatment.
  • Solid Waste Management: Solid waste generation. Options for management of the waste. Waste recycling. Composting. Anaerobic digestion. Gasification. Pyrolysis. Refuse-derived fuels. Waste incineration. Waste disposal. Integrated solid waste management. Overview of environmental law and legislation. Introduction to environmental impact assessment.

Course Delivery

Five days of lectures, featuring practical examples and detailed case-studies. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

Who should attend?

This course will be of particular interest engineers employed in the heat and power generation, energy, and process industries.


*PLEASE NOTE: Course dates provided are provisional and may change. Definitive dates will be provided shortly.

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