The primary goal of the Industrial Ventilation Design Guidebook is to develop a systematic approach to the design of air technology systems based on current scientific research and engineering knowledge on a global basis. There is no internationally accepted handbook available that describes the basic theories and science behind the technical solutions for industrial air technology. Our objective has been to develop a much-needed scientific reference book that covers the whole field of industrial air technology based on validated and updated technology from leading scientists, engineers, and researchers worldwide. This preface outlines why there is a need for a reference handbook, how this goal has been achieved, what has been achieved, and the intended audience for this book.
Rapid changes in process and manufacturing industries and demands for improved workplace environments have placed new demands on the design of advanced industrial ventilation systems. These systems must be more tightly integrated with processes and building service systems. The optimization step requires new design tools and technological innovations. The challenges are not only for technical solutions but also for new technical standards and policy actions to support the technological progress. In many industries the objective is not only to comply with legal standards, but to minimize health risks as much as possible. These objectives require the design team to work closely with the end users to specify target levels or energy consumption levels. The Industrial Ventilation Design Guidebook is a compilation of the current knowledge base in the industrial air technology field into a systematic and integrated handbook.
The question may be asked, “How has the goal of publishing the handbook been achieved?” Many factors have contributed to this goal. For those of us who have worked in the industrial ventilation field for several years, there was a recognition that an international guidebook based on the best scientific knowledge on the subject of industrial ventilation would be an essential first step to raise the level of industrial ventilation worldwide. An important step was the organizing of the first International Conference on Ventilation for Contaminant Control in Toronto in 1985. This conference was attended by over 300 delegates. Over 80 scientific papers in the field of industrial ventilation (research and development and applications) were presented at the
Conference. Subsequent international conferences have been held every three years. The complete list follows:
Ventilation ’85 Toronto, Canada
Ventilation ’88 London, UK
Ventilation ’91 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Ventilation ’94 Stockholm, Sweden
Ventilation ’97 Ottawa, Canada
Ventilation 2000 Helsinki, Finland
Ventilation 2003 Sapporo, J
To date, there have been more than 1500 attendees and more than 500 technical papers or presentations delivered at these conferences. A critical mass of researchers, engineers, and scientists developed through the TNVENI program in Finland, which started in 1991. These activities have expanded to include scientists, engineers, and practitioners from some 18 countries as part of the COST Action Program.
The Industrial Ventilation Design Guidebook is the first comprehensive, definitive handbook to cover all aspects of air technology on a worldwide basis. The structure of the 16 chapters is as follows:
1. Industrial Air Technology—Description
3. Design Methodology of Industrial Air Technology
4. Physical Fundamentals
5. Physiological and Toxicological Considerations
6. Target Levels
7. Principles of Air and Contaminant Movement Inside and Around Buildings
8. Room Air Conditioning
9. Air Handling Processes
10. Local Ventilation
11. Design with Modeling Techniques
12. Experimental Techniques
13. Gas Cleaning Technology
14. Pneumatic Conveying
15. Environmental Assessment Tools
16. Economic Aspects
The book is intended for engineers, scientists, seniors at the university level, and graduate students who have a fundamental understanding of the concept of fluid flow, thermodynamics, and heat transfer. The handbook bridges the disciplines of engineering and occupational health and safety (industrial hygiene). The book can be used as a textbook, a scientific reference for researchers, and a fundamental handbook for practitioners in the industrial air technology field.
This international handbook will be updated regularly in order to meet our objective of including the most current scientific knowledge on a global basis. The plan is to also publish additional volumes to cover systems and
equipment and guidelines for specific industrial applications based on leading- edge concepts of design methodology and target levels.
In closing, we are reminded of a statement by the renowned Albert Einstein: “If we did all the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” The publication of this first edition of Industrial Ventilation Design Guidebook is an astounding event. The opportunity to be editors of this handbook has been a truly exciting and satisfying experience. It has been a unique opportunity and a pleasure to collaborate with our international friends on this journey.
H. D. Goodfellow
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