Fundamentals of Stack Gas Dispersion

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Author Milton R. Beychok
Language English
Publisher Milton R. Beychok
Release date 2005 (4th Edition)
Media type Downloadable in PDF format
Pages 201
ISBN 0-9644588-0-2
LC Classification TD885.B49 1994
OCLC Number 33462889

Fundamentals Of Stack Gas Dispersion is a book devoted to the basic fundamentals of air pollution dispersion modeling of continuous, buoyant pollution plumes from stationary point sources. The first edition was published in 1979. The current fourth edition was published in 2005.

It is notable for including the step-by-step derivation of every equation presented in the book without using any highly advanced mathematics.

The book is now (2014) available only as a downloadable version in PDF format.

Subjects covered in the book

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Front cover of the book.

The subjects covered in the book include atmospheric turbulence and stability classes, buoyant pollution plume rise, Gaussian dispersion modeling, time-averaged concentrations, wind velocity profiles, fumigations, trapped plumes and flare stack plumes. All of the many constraints and assumptions involved in the basic equations are fully explained.

The book includes a good many example calculations. More information, including the complete table of contents, is available on the Internet.[1]

Book contents

  • Chapter 1: Atmospheric Parameters
  • Chapter 2: Gaussian Dispersion Equations
  • Chapter 3: Dispersion Coefficients
  • Chapter 4: Plume Rise
  • Chapter 5: Time-Averaging Of Concentrations
  • Chapter 6: Wind Velocity Profiles
  • Chapter 7: Calculating Stack Gas Plume
  • Chapter 8: Trapped Plumes
  • Chapter 9: Fumigation
  • Chapter 10: Meteorological Data
  • Chapter 11: Flare Stack Plume Rise
  • Chapter 12: Miscellany

Where the book is used

The book is used in universities, large industrial companies, engineering and construction companies, and consulting companies as well as individual consultants in 84 countries worldwide.[2] It is currently available in 233 libraries worldwide.[2]

It has been cited or referenced more than 880 times in journal articles, conference proceedings and online websites as well as in 34 regulatory publications of state or national governmental agencies worldwide. It is or has been used as recommended reading or a textbook in 61 university courses worldwide.[2] In addition, it is listed in the Open Library, the LibraryThing, Goodreads, the Wageningen University Library, the Internet Archive, citeulike and ResearchGate.

Book reviews

Excerpts from some published reviews of this book:

  • James P. Lodge (November 1995), "Book review", Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 29, No. 22, p. 3397, ISSN 1352-2310:

A good number of years ago, I reviewed an earlier edition of this work quite favorably. Having read through, with puzzlement, other explanations of stack gas dispersion, I was greatly taken with the simple, straightforward explanation of the steps to get from emission and meteorological data to the expected downwind concentrations. Now, the author has produced a much more comprehensive volume that takes you from raw data to final concentrations, using the same approach. In a word then, this is a rather full course in point-source dispersion modeling. The work is overall as unique as it claims to be, in presenting this subject in a straightforward, informal fashion. I plan to put my copy on the shelf next to my desk where I can reach it. I recommend it.

  • Karen Kowalewsky (January 1997), "Book reviews", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 78, No. 1, pp.90-94, ISSN 0003-2310:

The goal of this text is to provide the reader with the fundamentals of dispersion models, deriving them stepwise with examples, while avoiding complex mathematics. Overall, the book meets the goal of explaining the basic theory. All of the material given was technically sound and complete. The table of contents, the lists of tables and figures, and the references were complete. The examples were quite detailed and assisted in explaining the main subjects. The historical and engineering aspects of this book will be useful to any meteorologists or engineers working in the field of air pollution meteorology. I believe this book is a useful reference and plan to have it at work in the frequently consulted dispersion modeling section of my bookshelf.

  • Stanley S. Grossel (August 1995), "Book review", Chemical Engineering Progress, Vol. 91, No. 8, p.88, ISSN 1352-2310:

The author wrote this book because he felt there was no single reference source that clearly explained the fundamental theory and discussed the many assumptions and constraints involved in its derivation. The book starts "from scratch" in deriving the fundamental theory step-by-step, and it also provides many sample calculations serving to elucidate the theory and procedures. All major aspects of (buoyant) gas dispersion are covered here in a manner easily followed by the non-specialist engineer. The calculation samples appreciably help in illustrating the theory and design procedures. This book will be a useful addition to the bookshelf of all engineers faced with estimating the effects of stack gas dispersion.


  1. The book publisher's website
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Website page "Information Of Interest" (A list of countries and libraries with copies of the book as well as a list of the citations to the book.)