Nov 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3521 - Plumbing Systems Design

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course is a continuation of plumbing and fire suppression principles and transitions into the system component design, layout, and specification concepts of plumbing systems.  The plumbing systems components to be examined include plumbing fixtures, piping, water heating equipment, pumps and water reuse systems.  System sizing problems for water supply, wastewater disposal, storm water treatment/disposal, and miscellaneous equipment will be covered.  Design standards and variations will be discussed using plumbing codes and master specifications.  The architectural engineer’s responsibilities in design and specification writing will be emphasized through examples of construction document components, including plans, details and specifications. (prereq: AE 3301 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Integrate backflow prevention devices into water supply systems to protect potable water systems
  • Adapt water treatment equipment into plumbing systems to improve water quality
  • Analyze the hot water demands for a building and integrate appropriate water heating equipment
  • Design a pumping system to maintain water temperature in a hot water system compared to losing temperature in a hydronic heating system
  • Analyze water supply flow and pressure needs of a project and integrate water supply booster pumps into water supply systems
  • Design sanitary and clear water pumping systems when needed to lift sanitary or storm waste to flow to gravity sewers
  • Integrate wastewater interceptors into sanitary waste disposal systems
  • Analyze pre-existing storm water flow from a building site, compare it to post-construction storm water flow, and to design a basin for retention or detention of the excess quantity difference
  • Apply fluid mechanics principles, other general energy theories, and probability and statistical data to enhance design methods for calculating pipe sizes for all plumbing systems design layouts
  • Adapt and modify specification for a variety of plumbing system piping, specialties, fixtures and equipment

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic plumbing systems, water and drain-sizing calculations

Course Topics
  • Introduction to plumbing codes, standards and specifications
  • Water supply and waste disposal system sizing review
  • Plumbing fixture selection and specifications
  • Backflow prevention device selections and specifications
  • Water treatment equipment selection and specifications
  • Hot water demand analysis
  • Water heater selections and specification
  • Hot water maintenance circulating pump selection and specification
  • Water supply analysis for pressure and booster pump selection
  • Sub-sewer drainage analysis and sump pump selection
  • Wastewater interceptors and grease traps selection and specification
  • Water reuse system design
  • Storm water drainage system for building and property

Doug Nelson

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