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Air Filtration

April 9, 2024, Tuesday

8:00am-10:00am,  ET Canada & US

$USD 350

$USD 175 (Member Only)

Air Filtration

Course Objective

This course will provide the audience with a comprehensive understanding of air filtration principles, technologies, common practices, maintenance, and its applications in various market segments, such as HVAC, transportation, industrial dust removal, gas turbines, paint spray booths, clean rooms, hot gas filtration, air purification, personal protection, etc. We will also discuss increasing demands for air filtration, challenges, opportunities, and trends for future development.

Course Outline

1. Air Filtration Fundamentals

  • Definitions, history, and applications

  • Common collection mechanisms

  • Air filtration processes

  • Air quality monitoring

  • Air filter performance

  • Appropriate filter selection

  • Air fltration for the built-environment

  • HVAC performance and filtration

  • Maintenance practices

  • Particle loading and filter clogging

  • Recommendations

3. Market applications

  • HVAC filters

  • Air filters in transportation

  • Industrial dust removal

  • Gas turbine filtration

  • Hot gas filtration

  • Personal protection

  • Air purifiers

  • Specialties

4. Air Filtration Challenges, Opportunities and trends (Panel discussion and live Q&A)

  • Impact of New ASHRAE Standard 241 to the Filtration Air Industry

  • Q&A, Opportunities and Trends

Instructor Biography

Air Filtration

Dr. Iyad Al-Attar

Instructor, Canada

Dr. Al-Attar is a mechanical engineer and an independent air filtration consultant. He is also a Visiting Academic Fellow in the School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing at Cranfield University, consulting for air quality and filter performance relevant to land-based gas turbines. Dr. Al-Attar is the strategic director, instructor, and advisory board member of the Waterloo Filtration Institute. In 2020, EUROVENT Middle East appointed Dr. Al-Attar as the first associated consultant for air filtration affairs. Dr. Al-Attar received his engineering degrees (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) from the University of Toronto (Canada), Kuwait University, and Loughborough University (UK), respectively.

Dr. Al-Attar’s area of expertise focuses on designing and performing high-efficiency filters for HVAC and land-based gas turbine applications, particularly on the chemical and physical characterization of airborne particles. Dr. Al-Attar is a columnist in the EUROVENT Middle East newsletter, Climate Control Middle East Magazine, ES Engineering, USA, and Caloryfrio Magazine, Spain. He has authored many articles on air quality, filter design, performance, particle characterization, and climate change, which were translated into Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Al-Attar is an editorial member/referee in the Filtration Society (UK) and the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Air Filtration

Dr. Christine Sun

Co-Instructor, USA

Dr. Sun, President of the Waterloo Filtration Institute, is a globally renowned technical and market expert in the filtration and nonwovens industry. With over 30 years of experience in academia and industry, she has in-depth knowledge of filtration and extensive hands-on expertise in product and business development, evidenced by her contribution of over 100 technical publications and patents in the field. She is also actively involved in the development of many air and liquid filter test standards, such as ASHRAE and ISO. Dr. Sun worked for Freudenberg Filtration Technologies from 2004 to 2011 as an R&D manager and then served as Technology Director for Donaldson Company from 2011 to 2013. She was the Chair of the American Filtration and Separation Society (AFS) from 2016 to 2017 and has received the AFS Fellow Award in 2019, the Sr. Scientist Award in 2012, and the best paper awards from INDA (Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry) in 2008. She is also an editorial board member for the Textile Research Journal and the Journal of Industrial Textiles. Dr. Sun received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, and her Executive Certificate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, USA.

Air Filtration

Mr. Christopher Muller

Panel Speaker, USA

Mr. Muller, Director IEQ Technical Services, AAF Flanders

Mr. Muller, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Director IEQ Technical Services of AAF Flanders, is recognized globally as an expert in indoor/ environmental air quality, filtration and enhanced air cleaning systems, and gas-phase air filtration technology with demonstrated competencies in product development and applications. With more than 30 years in the filtration industry, he has written and spoken extensively on these and related topics with more than 250 articles and peer-reviewed papers, more than 150 seminars, and 8 handbooks to his credit. He has been a driving force on multiple industry association and technical committees, improving awareness and standards in the industry, especially in the field of gas-phase air filtration and indoor environmental air quality. He co-authored ASHRAE’s Position Document on Filtration and Air Cleaning, ASHRAE Guideline 42P: Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings, and ASHRAE Standard 62.1 User’s Manual.


 Dr. R. Vijayakumar, Founder of AERFIL, USA

Dr. Vijayakumar is a globally recognized expert and mentor in contamination control and filtration. He is the founder and head of AERFIL, a consulting company devoted to providing technical and business solutions and services for the filtration and contamination control industry around the world.  In addition to being a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Chinese Academy of Building Research, he has been on the faculty of the short course on air and gas filtration at the University of Minnesota since its inception and one of the founding faculty for ASHRAE’s Cleanroom Certification Program. He is a Fellow and was a Distinguished Lecturer of ASHRAE. He has taught courses in cleanroom design for ASHRAE, and has lectured around the world for them on various aspects of filtration, aerosol mechanics and cleanroom designs. He has recently published an iBook on Aerosol Mechanics for the general user and is also a coauthor for the ASHRAE Cleanroom Design Guide. He is a Fellow and past President of the IEST, the premiere contamination control organization in the US. Currently, he chairs standards development committees at the ISO and in the US writing standards for high efficiency filtration and filter media used in cleanrooms, hospitals, and indoor environments.

Mr. Steve Nicholas, NAFA Past President, Filter Services, USA

Mr. Nicholas has been involved in the HVAC air filtration industry since 1984. He possesses extensive experience in field operations, including plant and facility maintenance, engineering, and manufacturing. He is a past president of the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) and a Certified Technician Level II for Bag-In/Bag-Out HEPA Filter installations. Additionally, he is a certified Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Technician and a Commercial Building HVAC Systems and Air Filter Specialist. Mr. Nicholas has been professionally trained by the Harvard School of Public Health in certifying 99.97% HEPA Filters In-Place for both nuclear and non-nuclear applications. He has authored several technical articles on air filtration and ventilation and has served on various ASHRAE National Committees. His contributions have been recognized with Distinguished Service Awards from both ASHRAE and NAFA. Mr. Nicholas continues to be active in the industry as a field test expert, supporting public health in settings such as hospitals and schools. He also remains an influential professional member of NAFA and a Life Member of ASHRAE.

Mr. Paul Lambart, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield University, UK

Mr. Lambart is a qualified chemist educated in the UK with over 35 years of industrial experience spanning the automotive and aerospace industries. He has experience in material science, R&D, and Program Management in the automotive industry, gaining experience working with Ford, Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Land Rover. Paul is a Consultant and Company Director in the field of Gas Turbines with over 20 years of experience in developing new cleaning solutions and injection systems for on/off compressor washing to improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels until self-sufficiency is attained with renewables.  He is currently engaged as Managing Director of Europe and Asia, using his experience in Gas Turbines for a USA company (Engine Cleaning Technology-ECT) to deliver their compressor washing and power augmentation systems into the industrial sector and aviation products globally.   Paul has been a visiting Fellow in the School of Aerospace, Transport, and Manufacturing at Cranfield University (UK) since 2006, where he has supported sixteen, to date, Ph.D. candidates and many MSc students in Gas Turbine studies.  He has been a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for Thermal Power for over fifteen years and is their current Chairman, holding the post for the past five years.

Mr. Jon Douglas, Director of Healthy Buildings, Johnson Control, USA

Mr. Douglas is the Director of Healthy Buildings Services and Solutions at Johnson Controls. Throughout his 30-year career in the HVAC&R industry, he has established a reputation as an innovator. Jon has 42 patents issued and numerous others in process. He has a broad range of HVAC&R experience; residential, light commercial RTUs, supermarket refrigeration, and large BAS systems. During the COVID outbreak, Jon studied the fundamentals of infection control in buildings and became JCI’s leading technical expert in clean air strategies for buildings. Jon is an active member of ASHRAE 241 and 62.1 Standards committees. He received his MSME from Purdue University, USA.

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