History and State of the Art

A group of international specialists in the area of industrial ventilation have decided to write a handbook (the “Bible”) of industrial air technology. The book, Industrial Ventilation Design Guidebook (DGB), will be written as a major cooperation effort. People and organizations from the following countries participate in the work of one or more international actions within the scope: Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, the U. K., and the U. S.A. Australia and Poland are also interested.



подпись: 5The available systematic information regarding industrial air technology is scarce. There are some handbooks, such as those of Hemeon (USA),1 Ba­turin (1972),2 Heinsohn (USA),3 Goodfellow (Canada),4 and ACGIH (USA),1 but they do not cover the whole field of industrial air technology. There is no internationally accepted handbook available, and the designer has no vali­dated solutions at his disposal. According to the present state of the art, both capturing and ventilating systems are designed based on know-how rules (e. g., air exchange rate) and rarely achieve the targeted heat and contaminant load removal without overdimensioning and excessive costs. This expertise is not generated by systematic investigations but by experience with various plants under construction and in operation. This is obviously due to a total lack of approved design criteria and a lack of international or European standardiza­tion, which make effective ventilation design impossible.

Another main reason to write a handbook for industrial air technology was that there are large gaps and inaccuracies in the technical literature. Goodfellow and Klus6 outlined specific needs for a Design Guide Book in the industrial ventilation field in an evaluation report for the Finnish INVENT Technology program.7

The project will be carried out in phases including the Fundamentals, Systems and Equipment, and Applications. The main target of the DGB project is to write an internationally accepted handbook, a much needed scientific reference, cover­ing the whole field of industrial air technology with validated and updated knowl­edge, and through it to raise the level of industrial air technology worldwide.

The Fundamentals book describes the basic theories and science behind the technical solutions for industrial air technology. Equipment-specific theo­ries will be completed in the Systems and Equipment book. The Applications book will describe technical solutions for specific industrial sectors and tech­nology areas, including design and construction methodology.