MECH ENG 7029 - Air conditioning
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 7029 Course Air conditioning Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course is a practical introduction to design of air conditioning systems. It looks at such aspects of design as vapour compression cycles; heat transfer in two-phase flow; types, selection and operation of refrigeration plant; psychrometrics; climatic data and its use; load estimation and analysis; constant and variable air volume systems; human comfort and health; cooling and dehumidifying coils; controls; fans and duct systems; system balancing and stimulation; energy efficiency in buildings.
Course Coordinator: Mr Eyad Hassan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Explain of the principles of air conditioning design, and consideration that influence the design including human comfort, weather and environmental parameters and building structure; 2 Apply basic design skills to be able to estimate life-cycle costing and choose the right type of system; 3 Explain load estimation and analysis, psychometric analysis of a system and climate data and its use; 4 Explain plant design, choosing plant components and understanding their characteristics and operating modes; 5 Define and describe computational methods used in air conditioning design; 6 Demonstrate analytical cognitive skills and improve problem solving skills in air conditioning; 7 Demonstratethe ability to work effectively as part of a team; and 8 Write a technical report.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency:
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAirconditioning Lecture Notes and Level 4 Labbook – available from the Image & Copy Centre
- McQuinston, F. C., Parker, J. D., Spilter, J. D., Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Analysis and Design, 5th Edition, USA, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2000
- C P Arora, C. P., Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, 2nd Edition, Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, New Delhi, 2000;
- Stoecker, W. F., Jones, J. W., Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, 2nd Edition, McGraw Hill, 1982;
- ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) Handbooks: Fundamentals, Refrigeration, HVAC Systems & Equipment, HVAC Applications;
- Howell, R. H., Sauer, H. J. (Jr), Coad, W. J., Principles of Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning, USA: ASHRAE, 1998;
- Kimura, K. I., Scientific Basis of Air Conditioning, Applied Science Publishers, London, 1977;
- Wang, S. K., Handbook of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, McGraw Hill, New York, 1993.
The material available through MyUni:
- Course Outline and Introduction
- Course Content
- Lecture Notes
- Past exams
MyUni is also used to communicate important announcements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
Lectures supported by modes developing material covered in lectures. These modes include problem-solving analytical tutorials, problem-solving computer based tutorials involving professional software, and laboratory involving collecting and analysing airconditioning data.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Course workload includes 45 hours lectures and tutorials, and 5 hours laboratory
Learning Activities Summary
This course consists of combination of lectures and tutorials:Introduction to Air-conditioning Systems – 2 hrs
- complete systems
- a/c and distribution systems
- all-air systems
- air-and-water systems
- induction systems
- all-water systems
- unitary air conditioners
- heat pumps
- heat recovery systems
- thermal storage
Psychrometrics – 6 hrs
- psychrometric chart
- basic processes
Design Conditions – 4 hrs
- physiological principles
- design conditions
Solar Heat Gain – 2 hrs
- polar angles
- heat gain through fenestration
- shading devices
Heating Load Calculations – 2 hrs
- heat losses
- general procedure
- selecting heating design conditions
Cooling Load Calculations – 4 hrs
- heat flow rates
- heat balance fundamentals
- initial design considerations
- heat gain calculation concepts
- heat sources in conditioned spaces
Energy Estimating Methods – 2 hrs
- energy estimating methods
- overall modelling strategies
- integration of system models
- degree-day methods
Compressors, Expansion Devices and Refrigerants – 3 hrs
- reciprocating compressors
- rotary screw compressors
- vane compressors
- centrifugal compressors
- expansion devices
Condensers and Evaporators – 4 hrs
- cooling and dehumidifying coils
- condensers and evaporators
- cooling towers
Funs, Ducts, Pumps and Piping – 6 hrs
- funs – characteristics, performance, selection and installation
- ducts – pressure drop, design and optimization
- piping – water and refrigerant
Air-conditioning software – 4 hrs
- computer training
Industrial visit – 2 hrs
Practical aspects of a/c design (guest lecturer) – 2 hrs
Modern Topics in Air conditioning – 2 hrs
Specific Course Requirements
Laboratory: This course includes laboratory involving working in a team collecting and analysing airconditioning data.
Laboratory location: Thebarton Campus; Approximate duration: 5 hrs
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Assignments 30 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 8. Laboratory 10 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 Min 35% 1. 6. 7. 8. Online Quizzes 10 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Final exam 50 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. Total 100
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