June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.363.1 - 24.363.16
Problem-solving: new design and troubleshooting approaches – application to thermalcomfort and indoor air qualityThe engineers are usually confronted to two types of problems: new design and troubleshootingproblems. The new design problem concerns the creation of a new product (in our case theproduct is a building components, mechanical or electrical system) and the troubleshootingconsists of fixing an existing product using a sequential diagnostic.It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem so that it can be solved, and so theproduct or process can be made operational again. Troubleshooting is needed to develop andmaintain complex systems where the symptoms of a problem can have many possible causes.In this paper, we introduce how these two notions have been introduced to undergraduatestudents through capstone design basis course. Two case studies from building engineering arepresented: thermal comfort and indoor air quality (sick building syndrome) taken from capstonedesign course. A flow chart is presented and discussed for both cases.We discuss the capstone design program from students’ point of view, and the experience earnedin design, experimentation, and also in written and oral communication skills. Future plans toevaluate the effectiveness of the case studies in terms of learning outcomes, as well as plans toevaluate it in undergraduate architectural engineering training are also presented.
Megri, A. C. (2014, June), Design and Diagnostic Problem-solving Approaches – Application to Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20254
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