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Course Descriptions - ME 5105

Course Title:

HVAC System Design

Terms Offered:

Alternate years in Spring.


ME 3303 Thermodynamics, ME 5342 or ME 3322 or ME 3323 Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, IT upper division or Grad student.

Catalog Description:

Thermodynamic properties of moist air; psychrometric charts; HVAC systems; solar energy; human thermal comfort; indoor air quality; heating and cooling loads in buildings.

Textbooks/Required Material:

Text: “Thermal Environmental Engineering”3rd Edition, By T. H. Kuehn, J. W. Ramsey and J. L. Threlkeld, Prentice Hall 1998

References: ASHRAE Handbook Series

Prepared By: Professor Thomas Kuehn

Date of Preparation:

February 13, 2001

Course Leader(s):

Professors T. H. Kuehn and J. W. Ramsey

Class/Laboratory Schedule:

Four 50 minute sessions per week.

Contribution of Course to Meeting Professional Objectives:

100 % Engineering Topics

Course Topics:

  1. Winter design heat loss.
  2. Instantaneous heat gains in buildings.
  3. Instantaneous Cooling Loads.
  4. Dry heat exchanger design
  5. Design of wet cooling coils.
  6. Design of cooling towers.
  7. Air handling system design.
  8. Hydronic system design.
Course Objectives:
  1. Function effectively in design teams.
  2. Teach the principles used in building heating and cooling load calculations.
  3. Teach the procedures used in designing heating and cooling coils, air-washers, and cooling towers.
  4. Teach the principles of room air motion and diffuser selection.
  5. Teach the design procedures for laying out and sizing ventilation duct work.
  6. Understand the performance of fans and pumps.
  7. Teach the design procedures for laying out and sizing hydronic systems.
  8. Participate in a team to design the mechanical system of an actual building.
  9. Generate the specifications and drawings required for a mechanical system
Course Outcomes:

(Numbers shown in brackets are linked to program outcomes 1-9.)

  1. Determine the winter design heating load of a building. [1, 5]
  2. Determine the summer design cooling load of a building. [1,5]
  3. Design the air-handling system for a building. [3, 5]
  4. Design a hydronic system for a building. [3,5]
  5. Select major equipment items from vendor catalogs and web sites. [3, 9]
  6. Complete a major design project that includes specifications and drawings of a mechanical system for a commercial building. [3, 4, 5, 7]
  7. Perform as an effective team member on the major design project. [4]

Assessment Tools:

  1. Homework and/or weekly quizzes.
  2. Two exams during the semester.
  3. Final design project.
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