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2022-2023 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3451 - Building Systems Control

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course familiarizes the mechanical and electrical specialty student with a basic knowledge of HVAC, electrical, illumination and communication system controls and control theory. Topics covered will be pneumatic, electric, and electronic control systems and components. Building energy management and its connection to control systems will be introduced. In addition to this, basic motors starters and power sources will be reviewed. Reinforcement of the various topics will be provided through laboratory tests. (prereq: AE 3421  for mechanical specialty students, AE 3632  and AE 3636  for electrical specialty students)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Have a basic knowledge of MEP system control theory
  • Be able to write a basic control specification for a variety of MEP system types
  • Be able to discuss the operating characteristics and proper application of control systems components
  • Be able to design a basic control system using the proper interface devices
  • Be able to read, interpret and evaluate existing control diagrams
  • Have a basic knowledge of controls systems and applications across multiple disciplines

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic MEP systems

Course Topics
  • Basic control theory and terminology
  • Elements of control systems
  • Control energy sources and control devices
  • Sub-system controls
  • Equipment control
  • Complete HVAC control systems
  • Management and control systems
  • Central plant control systems
  • Electrical and Illumination control systems
  • Communication and other low voltage control systems
  • Building Automation System (BAS) structure
  • Integration of non-HVAC control systems into a BAS

Laboratory Topics
  • Control equipment identification
  • System schematic design
  • Building automation systems
  • HVAC controls
  • Lighting controls
  • Site visit

David Grassl

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