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2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AE 5450 - Building Control System Design

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course introduces automatic control issues related to energy conservation, indoor air quality, and thermal comfort in buildings. Topics include classification of HVAC control systems, control systems software and hardware, and selection and sizing of sensors, actuators, and controllers. (prereq: AE 3451 or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Have an advanced knowledge of mechanical system control criteria
  • Discuss the operating characteristics and proper application of different control strategies
  • Have a basic knowledge of the software logic used to drive control device
  • Design the software and hardware for a basic control system
  • Write detailed control specification for a variety of mechanical system types
  • Read, interpret and evaluate existing control diagrams

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Building control systems

Course Topics
  • Review of basic control theory and terminology
  • Balance between thermal comfort and energy efficiency
  • Direct digital control systems
  • Control software and logic
  • Control hardware and field devices
  • Mechanical controls drawings
  • Selection of control devices
  • Specifying control software and devices
  • Advanced mechanical systems and controls logic
  • Controls optimization for energy efficiency
  • Controls and energy monitoring
  • Basic controls commissioning
  • Calibration and on-going maintenance

Brian Pfeifer

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