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ME 485/685, HVAC

Text: "Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning" by McQuiston, Parker and Spitler, 6th edition.
Instructor: Dr. Sherman Goplen, Dolve 116, office phone 231-8301
The content of the course and the approximate class time devoted to each topic is outlined below.



Air Conditioning systems

Moist air systems and processes, applications of psychometrics to the HVAC


Indoor air quality, design comfort conditions.

Heat transmission in buildings, conduction heat transfer through the building

envelope, estimating heat loss or gain.

Space heat loads, estimating heating requirements for a space or building,

internal heat generation.

Methods for estimating the space heat gains and the cooling loads

Energy calculations, Degree day concepts estimating seasonal energy costs,


Pump and liquid system design, hot and steam heating systems.


Space air diffusion, selection and location of air vents to space for optimal
air movement


Fans and building air distribution systems, basics of sizing and selecting air handling


Refrigeration equipment. Operation and control of vapor compression refrigeration


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A student achieving a passing grade in this course will be able to estimate heating loads, space heat
gains and space cooling loads using accepted engineering methods. The student will be able to
apply the psychometrics to determine the coil loads for cooling and heating systems. The student
will be able to select equipment and design systems to provide comfort conditions within the
Any student taking the 685 version of the course will be required to do a literature survey in an
agreed upon topic and prepare a report on this survey. An exam (oral or written) will be conducted
on this study and will count as part of the students final exam.
The grades for the graduate level course will be determined as follows:
Major exams (quizzes)
Final exam
Special report


The grades for the course will be determined as follows:
Homework and quizzes
Design project
Final Test


There will be about three tests and a final exam. Exact dates will be decided at least a week ahead
of time. Individual makeup tests will be given only for excused absences. In the case of classes
being called off for any reason on the day of a scheduled test, the test will be given at the next
scheduled class meeting.
The final exam will be given at the time designated by the University final test schedule. All
students must take the final exam at this time.
Homework will be assigned daily and is considered due at the beginning of the next class meeting.

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Final course grades will assigned according to the following scale.
A 90% or greater
B 80% to less than 90%
C 70% to less than 80%
D 60% to less than 70%
F less than 60%
All work in this course must be completed in a manner consistent with NDSU University
Senate Policy, Section 335: Code of Academic Responsibility and Conduct
(http/ and the CEA Honor System available at
CEA Honor Pledge:
On my honor I will not give nor receive unauthorized assistance in completing assignments and
work submitted for review or assessment. Furthermore, I understand the requirements in the
College of Engineering and Architecture Honor System and accept the responsibility I have to
complete all my work with complete integrity.
Students who have any disability that might affect their performance in this class are
encouraged to speak with the instructor early in the semester.



Course Outcome

Students must be able to apply the concepts of psychometrics

and thermodynamics to heating and cooling analysis.

Students must be able to use basic concepts from heat transfer a

to determine heat gained or lost from a building.

Students must be able to design air-handling systems using

concepts from fluid dynamics.

a, c

Students must be able to apply good engineering practice to

meet the requirements for air quality control and comfort

Students must understand the ethical responsibility associated

with the design of a good HVAC system.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University

To educate undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of the discipline, and prepare
graduates (BS, MS, or PhD) to effectively function in society in the field of their choice while also
having the learning skills to adapt to evolving personal and professional goals.
Program Outcomes
To foster attainment of the educational objectives, the ME Department has developed a curriculum
that insures students will achieve the following outcomes by the time of graduation:
a) Graduates must have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve engineering
b) Graduates must have the ability to design and conduct experiments as well as to analyze and
interpret data.
c) Graduates must have the ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and
safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
d) Graduates must have the ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
e) Graduates must have the ability to identify, formulate, and solve fundamental engineering problems.
f) Graduates must have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
g) Graduates must have the ability to communicate effectively.
h) Graduates must possess the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering
solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
i) Graduates must recognize the need for, and possess an ability to engage in, life-long learning.
j) Graduates must possess knowledge of contemporary issues.
k) Graduates must have the ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for
engineering practice.

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