Ram A. Hashmonay

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Air pollutant emission from unconfined sources is an increasingly important environmental issue. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a ground-based optical remote-sensing method that enables direct measurement of fugitive emission flux from large area sources. Open-path Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (OP-FTIR) has been the(More)
This paper describes results from the first field experiment designed to evaluate a new approach for quantifying gaseous fugitive emissions of area air pollution sources. The approach combines path-integrated concentration data acquired with any path-integrated optical remote sensing (PI-ORS) technique and computed tomography (CT) technique. In this study,(More)
To develop effective air quality control strategies for military air bases, there is a need to accurately quantify these emissions. In support of the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program project, the particulate matter (PM) and gaseous emissions from two T56 engines on a parked C-130 aircraft were characterized at the Kentucky Air(More)
Improved characterization of distributed emission sources of greenhouse gases such as methane from concentrated animal feeding operations require more accurate methods. One promising method is recently used by the USEPA. It employs a vertical radial plume mapping (VRPM) algorithm using optical remote sensing techniques. We evaluated this method to estimate(More)
This study evaluated the performance and feasibility of using open-path Fourier transform infrared (OP-FTIR) with a bi-beam strategy to assess personal exposures in workplaces. The bi-beam strategy combines a long beam and a short beam measurement to calculate the average concentration level of the segmented region. A series of experiments was conducted(More)
This paper describes and theoretically evaluates a recently developed method that provides a unique methodology for mapping gaseous emissions from non-point pollutant sources. The horizontal radial plume mapping (HRPM) methodology uses an open-path, path-integrated optical remote sensing (PI-ORS) system in a horizontal plane to directly identify emission(More)
This paper presents the theoretical background and the numerical evaluation results obtained using computed tomography coupled with open-path Fourier transform infrared (CT-FTIR) measurements to estimate personal exposures. In this simulation study, we first tested the one-dimensional scenario with a five-beam segment geometry. A series of Gaussian plumes(More)
This paper presents a new approach to localize point emissions from ground-level fugitive gaseous air pollution sources. We estimate the crosswind plume's ground-level peak location downwind from the source by combining smooth basis functions minimization (SBFM) with pathintegrated optical remote sensing concentration data acquired along the crosswind(More)
This paper presents a new approach to quantify emissions from fugitive gaseous air pollution sources. The authors combine Computed Tomography (CT) with Path-Integrated Optical Remote Sensing (PI-ORS) concentration data in a new field beam geometry. Path-integrated concentrations are sampled in a vertical plane downwind from the source along several radial(More)
The Environmental Protection Agency’s open-path Fourier transform infrared (OP-FTIR) activities include passive and active measurements in several stack and fugitive emission monitoring applications. Extensive research has been devoted during the past two years to evaluate and validate various OP-FTIR technologies for the identification and detection of(More)