June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
22.222.1 - 22.222.13
ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM AND HVAC SYSTEMSCAPSTONE DESIGNThe architectural engineering program at the University of Wyoming offers four HVAC courses,beginning with the fundamentals of HVAC and culminating in a capstone design course. Thispaper describes the experiences we encountered over the past several years while developing andteaching the HVAC curricula in the Architectural Engineering program. We emphasize theimportance of how such disciplines as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer andelectricity together create a successful curriculum. In addition, we describe briefly the history ofthe architectural engineering curriculum at University of Wyoming, the capstone design HVACproject, and the HVAC design process.Most importantly, project methodology will be discussed, beginning with system selection (fancoil, VAV terminal box, under floor air distribution system, displacement ventilation and beamsystem), heating and cooling load estimation, systems sizing, airflow distribution,commissioning and culminating with administrative topics. We demonstrate this methodologythrough the use of a comprehensive design project.We discuss the capstone design program from students’ point of view, and the experience earnedin design, integration, and also in written and oral communication skills. Methodology used toevaluate the effectiveness of the capstone design program in term of learning outcomes is alsodescribed.
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