Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

HVAC Systems and Energy Use

EEN 49700 / 3 Cr.

The fundamentals required to design and analyze HVAC systems used in buildings. Fundamentals of HVAC systems & psychrometrics, building heating / cooling loads, application of HVAC equipment to buildings, HVAC component analysis, Energy reduction strategies.


Principles of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning in Buildings, Mitchell & Braun, Wiley, 1st Edition

  • Solve engineering problems in defining building heating / cooling loads, air and liquid distribution systems, and thermal storage systems 
  • Apply psychrometrics to find the properties of moist air and apply the properties to determine the comfort of occupants in a space, and the operating requirements of HVAC equipment 
  • Describe different types of HVAC equipment and match them to their application
  • Analyze HVAC equipment types to find the lowest energy use system for a given application
  • Design and size heat exchangers for AC and Heat Pump duty 
  • Perform cycle analysis on HVAC equipment.
  • Use engineering models to design and analyze building HVAC systems 
  • Fundamentals
    • System Analysis Techniques & MATLAB
    • Psychrometrics
    • Thermodynamics and Fluid Flow in HVAC
    • Heat Transfer in HVAC
    • Overview of HVAC systems
  • Building Energy Analysis 
    • Thermal Comfort and Air Quality
    • Building Heating and Cooling Loads
    • Building HVAC Energy Use
    • HVAC Design Considerations
  • Analysis of Equipment 
    • Air Distribution
    • Liquid Distribution systems
    • Heat Exchangers
    • Cooling Tower and Desiccant Dehumidification
    • Vapor Compression Refrigeration, AC and Heat Pumps
    • Thermal Storage
    • HVAC Control
  • Energy Efficiency Improvements