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ME 614 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

Catalog Description

ME 614 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (3). Prerequisite: ME 440. Psychrometric principles. Detailed calculation of heat losses and heat gain for both heating and cooling of buildings. Basic concepts of refrigeration. Design of actual systems and selection of equipment, with emphasis on solar energy. Automatic controls. Codes and standards. Design project will be required.

Prerequisites by Topic

  1. First and second laws of thermodynamics.
  2. Properties of steam and ideal gases.
  3. Conduction, convection, radiation heat transfer.
  4. Fluids flow in pipes and ducts.


McQuiston, Parker, and Spitler, Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Analysis and Design, John Wiley, 6th edition, 2005.


E.G. Brehob, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is an application of the thermal sciences. It illustrates the solution of problems that the student will be confronted with in the HVAC industry. Several design projects are completed during the semester and design reports are submitted.

Topics Covered

  1. Psychrometrics (6 classes).
  2. Heating load determination (5 classes).
  3. Solar radiation (7 classes).
  4. Cooling load determination (6 classes).
  5. Systems design (5 classes).
  6. Refrigeration (6 classes).
  7. HVAC controls (3 classes).
  8. Examinations (3 classes and 2½ hours).

Computer Use

Computer tools may be used for completion of homework and design projects.

Laboratory Projects


Class/Laboratory Schedule

Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.


Homework 20%, exams 30%, final exam 15%, design projects 30%, paper 5%.

Professional Component Contribution

Engineering design: 3 credits.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by E.G. Brehob, April 2006

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