IT3/HWC Course

Expand your knowledge with our post-conference course on Friday, January 29

Air Pollution Control: Design, Operation & Troubleshooting

Friday, January 29, 2021 • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course is open to everyone, and registration for IT3 is not required. To register, you must have an A&WMA account and go through the IT3 registration process. Just choose the course only when you get to the options tab and complete the registration with a credit card payment. If you are also registering for IT3, please choose the conference registration and course options before checkout. 
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This course covers design, operation, testing and troubleshooting air pollution control systems to control particulates, organic vapors, PFAS/PFOS, acid gases, aerosols, metals, NOx and CO. The interactions between the front-end process and the back-end APC are covered in detail. Controls include cyclones, baghouses, venturi scrubbers, wet and dry acid gas absorbers, oxidizers, carbon adsorbers, ESPs, mercury removal, and SCR/SNCR for NOx. Design principals are provided for sizing components. Troubleshooting of systems is provided, along with input on how to design components to avoid outages and failures. The course will include:

  • Petrochemical, Pharma, minerals, manufacturing, site remediation;  Feedstocks, control of specific pollutants (PFAS, PFOS, VOCs), fuels, wastes, and elemental makeup – carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, halogens/chlorine, nitrogen, inorganics and metals;  VOC and CO emissions for chemical/petro chem vents, tankage, spray coating, engines
Air Pollution Control Methods and Equipment
  • Particulate control via venturi scrubbers, collision scrubbers, ionizing wet scrubbers and wet electrostatic precipitators, fabric filters, cyclone separators, coalescing mist eliminators, spray dryers, dry lime injection, packed columns, spray and tray columns, venturies, fans and blowers, duct coolers and condensers, stacks. 
  • Bulk solids handling dust control, water spray, hooding, transfer points 
  • Controls for particulate matter, metals, aerosols, and acid gases 
  • Design to minimize formation of dioxins and furans in the APC system 
  • NOx Control in-process -- and end of pipe 
  • Filtration 
  • Fans and fan sizing 
  • Stack testing, sampling locations in system, EPA sampling methods for CO, CO2, NOx, particulates, metals, volatile hydrocarbons, semi-volatile hydrocarbons including dioxins, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chloride and chlorine, continuous emission monitors, process controls, computer control 
Troubleshooting and Field Work
  • Field portable instrumentation and tools, confined space entry inspections, designing in aids to speed work (e.g., sight glasses, pressure taps) and reduce shutdowns, shortcuts, PPE and safety equipment.
Course Instructor: Tom McGowan, President, TMTS Associates, Inc.
Tom McGowan is president and founder of TMTS Associates Inc., a firm that for more than 20 years has specialized in thermal systems and air pollution control. He was previously employed by RMT/Four Nines, American Combustion, the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Particulate Solid Research, Inc. He has more than 45 years of experience in air pollution control, testing, troubleshooting, industrial ventilation, combustion, bulk solids handling, and environmental remediation.
He holds a Master's in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College in New York City, and a Master's in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. He is a contributor in Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook and has written widely in technical magazines and journals.
His experience includes work on a wide range of air pollution control for large-scale systems in a wide range of applications to control particulates, organic vapors, PFAS, PFOS, metals, dioxins, PCBs, acid gases, aerosols, NOx, CO and radionuclides.
He is a licensed engineer in multiple states, is OSHA 1910.120 HAZWOPER trained, and has won awards from DOE, IT3 and Chemical Engineering Magazine.