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Main Title Improving Emissions Estimates with Computational Intelligence, Database Expansion, and Comprehensive Validation.
Author Cleland, J. G. ; McCormick, V. E. ; Waters, H. L. ; Youngberg, J. R. ; Zak, J. A. ;
CORP Author Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC. National Risk Management Research Lab.
Publisher Jan 97
Year Published 1997
Report Number RTI-81U-5388; EPA/600/R-97/005;
Stock Number PB97-152565
Additional Subjects Area sources ; Air pollution sampling ; Fuzzy logic ; Spray painting ; Surface coating ; Coating processes ; Emissions ; Stationary pollutant sources ; Estimation ; Artificial intelligence ; Neural nets ; Genetic algorithms ; Validation ; Data base management systems ; Emission factors ; Air pollution control ; Automotive refinishing ; Volatile organic compounds ; Emission inventories
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NTIS  PB97-152565 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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The report discusses an EPA investigation of techniques to improve methods for estimating volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from area sources. Using the automobile refinishing industry for a detailed area source case study, an emission estimation method is being developed that uses advanced computational techniques and updated, comprehensive, emissions-related information. New computational techniques contributing to the estimation method are fuzzy logic, neural networks, and genetic algorithms. This method development requires a thorough characterization of the area sources, an anlaysis of current emission estimation methods, the development of execution of a nationwide industry activity survey, and a compilation and analysis of the survey results and other explanatory variables. Results will be captured in a personal-computer-based emissions estimation system called VOCEES (VOC Emissions Estimation System). VOCEES has been developed as a dual-use tool that prepares VOC emissions inventories and analyzes the impact of many factors on emissions. This methodology can be easily extended to other area sources.