Feb 08, 2023
AE 3422 - Building Mechanical Systems II3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
This course continues the development of heating and cooling systems design, by applying what has been learned in AE 3301 (Principles of Building Mechanical Systems) and the Systems-and-Equipment-intensive course AE 3421 (Building Mechanical Systems I). The course applies a systematic approach to the use of heating and cooling design as required by building simulation software currently used in the industry. An actual commercial building case study is utilized as a term project. In addition, the course covers the concept of Net-Zero Energy buildings. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to comprehensively design an HVAC system in a real building using a building energy simulation program (Trace 700), and to produce all the necessary mechanical drawings. (prereq: AE 3421 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the fundamental parts of building energy simulation structures and their hierarchies.
- Define all heat gains and losses in a given building, and calculate the total cooling load and heating load of a building.
- Apply the basic principles of Fluid Mechanics, to calculate pressure losses in Ducts and produce an impeccable duct design.
- Analyze and characterize different cooling equipment systems
- Analyze and characterize different heating equipment systems
- Analyze and characterize different cooling equipment plants
- Analyze and characterize different heating equipment plants
- Examine and relate the ASHRAE Standards to HVAC calculations and design.
- Examine and relate the utility rate structures to the building energy consumption and demand.
- Design heat exchangers.
- Calculate the life cycle cost of the HVAC systems
- Identify energy conservation, and renewable production, measures to reach Net-Zero-Energy Building Design.
Prerequisites by Topic
- HVAC primary and secondary equipment, load calculations, and compliance with standard.
- Building energy simulation software structure
- Cooling and Heating Loads fundamentals and calculations
- Cooling systems
- Heating Systems
- Cooling and Heating plants
- Utility (electricity and gas rate structures
- Assigning cooling and heating systems to plants
- Economics; life cycle cost
- Duct Design
- Pipe Design
- Fan Selection
- Net-Zero-Energy Buildings
- Building Energy Simulations Labs
- Building Energy Simulation Modeling.
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