1st Edition

Experiment Design for Environmental Engineering Methods and Examples

    368 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    368 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Experiment Design for Environmental Engineering provides a wide range of practical environmental engineering laboratory experiments for implementation by students in a university laboratory or by practicing professionals in the field, along with an extensive discussion on how to design an experiment that will provide meaningful and useful data, how to interpret the data generated from an experiment, and how to present those data to an audience of other students or professionals. The example experiments provide a way to evaluate a new design against an existing experiment to determine what information is most appropriate in each section and how to format the data for the most effective outcome.


    • Fills in the gap in ABET requirements to teach students how to design experiments and includes key elements for a successful design
    • Covers experiments for a wide range of environmental engineering topics
    • Provides standardized approach that includes a basic background to the concepts and step-by-step procedure for conducting the experiment
    • Explains designs that are suitable for college laboratory and professional applications
    • Shows how to organize experimental data as it is collected to optimize usefulness
    • Provides templates for design of the experiment and for presenting the resulting data to technical and nontechnical audiences or clients

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. How to design an Engineering Experiment

    Chapter 3. Sampling Source Data

    Chapter 4. Expected Outcomes and Interpretaion of data

    Chapter 5. Model Design Methodology

    Chapter 6. Laboratory Report

    Chapter 7. Effective Presentaion of the Data in Outcome Reports

    Chapter 8. Designing Researching Experiment Projects

    Chapter 9. General Experiments

    Chapter 10. Oil and Petroleum Based Experiments

    Chapter 11. Oxygen and BOD Experiments

    Chapter 12. Environmental Microbiology Experiments

    Chapter 13. Water Quality Experiments

    Chapter 14. Contaminant Removal Experiments


    Prof. Francis J. Hopcroft recently retired from teaching civil and environmental engineering after 23 years in the classroom and about 40years of consulting in the field. He is the author of six environmental engineering and hazardous waste management books, the coauthor of 22 such books, and a contributor to a dozen or more professional manuals of practice. He was registered as a Professional Engineer in all six New England states and as a Licensed Site Professional in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Before starting his teaching career, he spent 25 years in professional practice as a consultant, an EPA regulator, and as the President of several consulting firms doing site assessment for the presence of hazardous materials. He continued his consulting work while teaching to maintain currency in his field and to bring current concepts into the classroom.

    Dr. Abigail Charest is an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston, Massachusetts. She is currently the Blittersdorf Endowed Professor and utilizes the professorship to address topics of sustainability in the curriculum. She is an avid researcher, experimenter, and innovator in the laboratory. She is focused on the biological nature of environmental work and developed the biological experiments in this book, among others. She has also been the lead faculty member in the redevelopment of a graduate program in civil engineering at Wentworth. She earned her doctorate from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and prior to entering into academia, she worked in the field of environmental consulting in the New England area. During this time, she received her Professional Engineering license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.