AE 430: Control Systems for HVAC

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Course Syllabus

AE 380

Spring 2
00
7




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AE
430
:
Control Systems for

HVAC


Syllabus for
Spring

200
7


(Tuesday/ Thursday:
11:00


12:30
)

Room:

Curtis 352A



Instructor:



Dr. Jin Wen


Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering


Alum Engineering 270
-
H


Phone:
215.
895
.
4911


Email
:
jinwen@drexel.edu



Office Hours:



Instructor:
Tue/Thur 1
4
:00


1
5
:00

or by appointment


Purpose:


-

Introduce
the
basic
concepts of
control
s applied
to HVAC system
:



D
irect digital control
system



C
ontrol

loop



S
y
st
em modeling for control purpose



Transferring function



S
electing and
locating sensors and actuators

-

Design tuning control algorithms

-

D
esign and program con
trol sequences for HVAC systems



Objectives:



By the end of the term, the s
tudents
of this cla
ss
should:


1. Understand the basic
concepts of control loop


2. Understand the basic
structure of
direct
digital control system


3. Get
familiar with the sensor
s
, actuator
s
, and control algorithms

commonly used

in HVAC systems


4. Be able to design a simp
le control algorithm

for
a
HVAC system control


5. Be able to select, locate, and size most commonly used sensor
s

and actuator
s

in HVAC systems


6. Be able to design and program control sequences for HVAC system
s



Prerequisites:


1)
AE 220 or

2) MEM 41
4

or

3) Approval by
the i
nstructor



Textbooks:


“Control Systems and Applications for HVAC/R”, Thomas Horan,
XanEdu, 2005

Additional handouts as required



Reference
:



Electromechanical and Electronic Controls for HVAC/R”, Billy C. Langley, Prentice Hall,

1999


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Course Evaluation

Policy:



Homework:

15

%

P
roject

I


2
5

%

Project II


2
5

%

Comprehensive

exam

3
0

%

Class attendance

5

%

(on class quiz and question)


Important:

Earning a final grade less than 50% will fail to pass this course.




Homework:



-

A
ssignments
, each consisting of a number of proble
ms, will be given on the day of each
class and due at
the
beginning

of the next class on Tuesdays.


-

Your solutions
can be either typed or handwritten
. But, losing credits due to the illegibility of you
r
solutions
is
your
sole

responsibility.


-

No assignments submitted via WebCT are accepted
.


-

Late due assignments are generally
NOT

accepted.


-

A late due assignment may receive up to 70% of the actual credits earned on this assignment with a

rea
sonable excuse, which is subject to the instructor's judgment.


-

Solutions will be posted on the course homepage (WebCT).


-

No assignments are accepted
, by any excuse, after the corresponding solutions are posted on WebCT.


-

The office hours are your re
source to accomplish these assignments

and this course. Please stop by and
bring in any of your questions in conjunction with your assignments and this course.



Handouts
:



-

The
class
note
s

and
other
pertinent

material
s

will be
posted on

the course home
page (WebCT)
.

The
c
opyright of the
se

material
s shall be

respected.



Exams
:



-

A final comprehensive exam
, accounting for 30% of your final grade of this course,

will be given
in the
final week. You have 100 minutes to finish this exam with open book an
d
closed notes
.



-

Incompl
ete solutions, lack of work
-
out steps toward answers
, and illegible handwriting will cause
you to
lose partial or full credits on your solutions.


-

Exam problems are derived from your reading assignments, class notes and hom
ework assignments.
Study and review of these materials before the exam will help you to crash the exam.


-

Please be advised that there
will be NO ti me for you to dig in the book for solutions

during the final
exam
, because the exam is well designed for a

full
working load of 100 minutes solely in solving problems.
The open book is for you to
refer to equations, charts and tables
i
n the book i
n assistance to solving
problems.


-

No make
-
up exam will be granted unless:

1.

A student

is deeply sick on the day

of exam with a doctor's written proof; or

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2.

A student runs into a family emergency, involving an immediate family member,
on the day of
exam with
a proof letter from either a parent or guardian of such a student.


-

A petition of a make
-
up exam must be se
nt to the instructor
within three days

following the exam day.



Class attendance:



Class

attendance
will be randomly checked. Each
absence

caught will cause losing
2 %
of the
points
, up to
the maximum of

5

% points for class attendance.



WebCT:


The

course syllabus, class notes, assignments and other reading materials will be posted on
WebCT
for you
to access and obtain. All important class announcements will be published and communicated via WebCT.
It is the sole responsibilit ies of the students

to get used to using WebCT. For those of you, who
are not
familiar with the WebCT environment
, please resort to any available resource to l
earn and
cope with it.


For WebCT related questions, please check the student WebCT manual

at


http://webct.drexel.edu/web
-
ct/help/en/mywebct/StudentManual/index.html
, or


Contact the WebCT Support Group at



webct@drexel.edu



To access your WebCT courses, log on to Drexelone,
click Student Service tab, then click My Course, click
the course that you want to access from the list.


Once you
log on to WebCT
, select the course that you want to access.



Email:



Students' email r
elated to this course and sent
to the instructor wi
ll
be
replied
on every Tuesday and
Thursday. Please check your Drexel email accounts on a regular basis for class updates.


For the benefits of students, the q
uestions that

demand a rather complex
explanation
shall be asked in
person during the office hou
rs.



Schedule:



Week

Date

Topic

Reading

1

4
/
3

Introduction to
C
ontrol
S
ystem

Chap. 1
-
4

4/5

Building Intelligent System I

Handout

2

4/10

Building Intelligent System II

Chap 13

4/12

Sensor and Actuator Transfer Function

Chap 5, 6, handout

3

4/17

B
uilding and HVAC Modeling


4/19

Control algorithm I

Chap 8

4

4/24

Control algorithm II

Chap 11,12

4/26

Project I


5

5/1

Design of Control Sequence

Chap 14

5/3

AHU Control Strategies I

Chap 15

6

5/8

AHU Control Strategies II

Chap 16, 17,19

5/10

Z
one Terminal Device Control I

Chap 20

7

5/15

Zone Terminal Device Control II

Chap 20

5/17

Project II


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5/22

Project II


5/24

Sensors

Chap 7

9

5/29

Field Visit


5/31

Actuators

Chap 9

10

6/5

Cooling Plant Control

Handout

6/7

Comprehensive

Exam