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Electrostatic Precipitators for Particulate Matter Control

COURSE NO: C06-003
Electrostatic Precipitators for Particulate Matter Control
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes the commonly applied ESP designs used to remove PM from stationary sources. Design and operating parameters are presented. Various ESP designs such as Plate-Wire, Flat Plate, Wet ESPs, and Tubular ESPs are reviewed in this course.


Electrostatic precipitators (ESP) are used to remove fine particulate matter from contaminated air steams. In these devices, an electrical force is generated to move the particles out of the flowing gas stream and onto collector plates for particulate emission control. There are different configurations and types of ESPs designed and operated for removal of particulate mater (PM).


This 6 PDH online course is intended for environmental and chemical engineers as well as other professionals working in the field of air pollution control. It is also beneficial for a person with basic knowledge of air pollution control equipment and an interest in controlling particulate emissions. In this course the reader will learn about the theory of ESP particle removal and how it is applied to actual ESP designs;  the conditions for particle removal and its effects on ESP equipment selection; and optimizing ESP operation.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Background of particulate compounds and size ranges
  • Types of ESPs used for particulate control
  • Gas characteristics and its effects particle charging and removal 
  • Design parameters for designing ESP units 
  • How ESPs are operated
  • Support information for enhancing ESP performance
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the EPA Air Pollution Control Cost Manual (EPA 452/B-02-001), Section 6 (Particulate Matter Control), Chapter 3 "Electrostatic Precipitators".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Electrostatic Precipitators for Particulate Matter Control (1.4 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 6 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Section 6, Chapter 3 of this EPA publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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