Introduction to Gas/Air Filtration

Course: Full Day, 0.8 CEUs


Thad Ptak

Thad Ptak

Course Overview:
This course is to introduce the basics of air/gas filtration.  It provides fundamental information on air filtration principles, filter media and filters, applications, and testing.  

Who Should Attend:
This course is designed for people who are new to the filtration industry either in technical, sales, or business functions.  It is also very good for those who have been in this industry for a while to get a better understanding of how fundamentals can be used for practical applications.

Part 1 (8:00 am - 12:00 pm):
Learning Objectives – After taking Part I of Introduction to Air/Gas Filtration, the learner will understand:

  • Kinetic theory of gases applicable to filtration
  • Particle size distribution
  • Particle properties
  • Filtration theory
  • Filtration models
  • Filter media physical and filtration characteristics
  • Classification of filter media
  • Manufacturing processes of nonwoven media
  • Electrostatically enhanced filter media
  • Filter design process


  1.  Introduction, definitions
  2. Properties of gases
  3. Properties of particles
  4. Basic air/gas filtration theory
  5. Types of filter media
  6. Structural and filtration properties of media
  7. Components of filters
  8. Introduction to filter design

Part 2 (1:00 pm - 5:00 pm):
Learning Objectives - After taking part 2 of the course, the learner will understand:

  • Commercial and residential HVAC
  • Portable air cleaners
  • Selected industrial applications
  • Face masks
  • Principles of filter testing
  • Instruments and testers
  • Test standards


  1.  Industrial applications and equipment
  2. Applications related to IAQ
  3. Respirator protection
  4. Introduction to testing and statistics
  5. Instruments for measuring filtration characteristics
  6. Automated testers
  7. Test Standards