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Architectural Engineering (A E)

A E 310 Fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (3) Fundamental principles and engineering procedures for the design of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, including energy utilization and constraints.

A E 310 Fundamentals of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (3)

A E 310 explores the fundamentals of the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems that control environmental conditions inside buildings. HVAC systems have common basic components, although they may significantly differ in physical appearance and arrangement. The course considers a variety of HVAC systems and presents methods of analyzing air-conditioning processes.

HVAC systems maintain not only an acceptable level of thermal comfort within conditioned spaces, but also a healthy environment. Hence, the conditions for a comfortable and healthy indoor environment, such as physiological considerations, environmental indices, and control of indoor air quality are defined.

The design of a successful HVAC system requires an accurate estimate of the peak rate at which energy must be added to (heating load) or removed from (cooling load) a space. Therefore, the various types of heat transmission in buildings and methods for estimating them are discussed in order to prepare students to estimate buildings energy consumption and size HVAC systems properly.

The target audience is Architectural Engineering students at a junior level who have taken A E 202 "Introduction to Environmental Systems in Buildings," and M E 023 "Introduction to Thermal Science."

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2007
Prerequisite: M E 201 ; Prerequisite or concurrent:A E 202

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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