This elective course will benefit students who want to specialize in mechanical and energy performance. Topics include the theory and practice of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for buildings and optimal control strategies for indoor environmental quality and energy. For each of these systems, operating theories will be introduced and equipment classifications and their features will be addressed, along with the concepts of local control and supervisory control. In addition, the course will examine renewable energy systems and compare them with conventional systems in terms of their technical, economic, and environmental strengths and limitations. Practical case studies will enable students to understand how to design systems and develop control strategies to optimize the systems’ energy efficiency.
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