HVAC Theory

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HVAC is a system to control temperature, humidity and air quality in indoor spaces or vehicles. The goal of an HVAC system is to provide an acceptable level of indoor air quality and thermal comfort. The design of the system is based on the principles of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Feb 7, 2020

Course Description: This course will introduce students to the basic principles of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The course will cover the fundamental concepts and principles of HVAC, including thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Students will also learn about the different types of HVAC systems, their components, and their applications.

Course Goals and Objectives:

Understand the principles of thermodynamics and their applications to HVAC systems
Understand the principles of heat transfer and their applications to HVAC systems
Understand the principles of fluid mechanics and their applications to HVAC systems
Identify and explain the different types of HVAC systems and their components
Understand the applications of HVAC systems in different settings
Demonstrate the ability to analyze and design basic HVAC systems
Course Outline:

  • – Introduction to HVAC
  • – Definition and importance of HVAC
  • – Overview of HVAC systems and components
  • – Basic principles of HVAC
  • – Thermodynamics for HVAC
  • – Definition and basic principles of thermodynamics
  • – First law of thermodynamics and its applications to HVAC
  • – Second law of thermodynamics and its applications to HVAC
  • – Heat Transfer for HVAC
  • – Definition and basic principles of heat transfer
  • – Conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer
  •  – Applications of heat transfer in HVAC systems
  • – Fluid Mechanics for HVAC
  • – Definition and basic principles of fluid mechanics
  • – Properties of fluids
  • – Applications of fluid mechanics in HVAC systems
  • – Types of HVAC Systems
  • – Overview of different types of HVAC systems
  • – Components of HVAC systems
  • – Applications of HVAC systems in different settings
  • – HVAC Design and Analysis
  • – Design principles for HVAC systems
  • – Basic HVAC system analysis
  • – Energy efficiency in HVAC systems

Course Delivery: The course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, discussions, and practical exercises. Students will be required to read assigned materials, attend lectures, and participate in discussions. They will also complete assignments and projects related to HVAC systems.

Assessment: Assessment will be based on attendance, participation, assignments, projects, and exams. The exams will test the students’ understanding of the basic principles of HVAC, their ability to analyze and design basic HVAC systems, and their ability to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.

Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this course. However, a basic understanding of physics and mathematics will be helpful.

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Course Content

Introduction to HVAC

Overview of HVAC systems and components

Basic principles of HVAC

Definition and basic principles of thermodynamics

First law of thermodynamics and its applications to HVAC

Second law of thermodynamics and its applications to HVAC

Applications of fluid mechanics in HVAC systems

Applications of HVAC systems in different settings

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