WHAT IS ERPT?
-- tutorials at the undergraduate and graduate level
-- ideas and examples for enriching classes and laboratories
-- typical solutions for common industrial problems
Professional oversight of the ERPT site is provided by the
Particle Technology Forum, a technical division of the American Institute
of Chemical Engineers.
Web site design, editing, and maintainance is provided by the Managing Editor of
ERPT, Ralph D. Nelson, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., Fellow of the AIChE
Are You a Potential Author?
If you have prepared educational material on some topic in Particle Technology
please consider publishing it in ERPT.
See our Authors' Guide, read some of our articles,
and then drop a note to the Managing Editor at email@example.com
Origin / History
ERPT was launched in 1998 as a public education service
of the Particle Technology Forum. This Web site provides on-line, just-in-time, world-wide, free-of-charge tutorials
in particle technology as a public service. The original goal was to build a site that would eventually provide
several hundred tutorials, each equivalent to one to three hours of classroom instruction at the third-year college level.
These would be introductory in nature and in the ideal case would describe the main phenomenological and theoretical aspects
of the topic, noting industrial applications, large-scale equipment, typical industrial problems, and typical solutions to those problems.
Over the past ten years usage has grown to over ten thousand visits per month. See
History of ERPT
Wikipedia has many well-written articles
in the field of particle technology, so we have a link to it on this page. Unfortunately Wikipedia [with some exceptions]
-- allows people with no qualifications to revise a posted article
-- does not allow the authors of an article to post their names or credentials
-- has no provision for review of articles or oversight by a professional organization
These policies reduce the incentive for qualified people to post good material and
make it difficult for someone who does not already know the subject matter to judge the reliability
of the material in an article posted on Wikipedia.
The Particle Technology Forum is actively considering Wikipedia among several other options
for the future development of ERPT.