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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
ENM045 - Heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems engineering  
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-16 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Shipping and Marine Technology

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   16 Mar 2015 am V   16 Apr 2015 pm V,  28 Aug 2015 pm V

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Bitr professor  Jan Gustén


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Fundamental knowledge of engineering thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, energy technology and basic knowledge of HVAC systems design.


The aim is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the:
  • Requirements on the indoor and working environment of buildings, vehicles etc. to promote good health and first-rate living and working conditions.
  • Working principles of air conditioning and air distribution components such as heaters, coolers, humidfiers, fans, pumps and refrigeration machinery.
  • Design, function and control of technical systems for providing heating, cooling and ventilation to comply with the requirements on indoor environment.
  • Implications of the design of technical systems on temperature levels and available sources of energy supply.
  • Energy efficient design; Consequences of design and operation of technical systems on energy usage.

    Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

    - Understand and explain the function of basic technical systems for providing heating, cooling and ventilation.
    - Identify the main determining factors for proper choice and design of technical systems for heating, cooling and ventilation.
    - Determine design data for individual components and estimate the need of energy and power for alternative technical systems.
    - Use a psychrometric chart to estimate heating, cooling, humidifying and dehumidifying requirements for air conditioning components and systems.


    The course focuses on demand-side analysis of indoor environments and on alternative systems for satisfying the demand for space-conditioning. Indoor environment is defined in a general sense and may, for instance, refer to a residential room, an office, a hospital ward, a supermarket, a cold storage facility, a process space, the passenger compartment of cars, buses, trains, air-planes etc. The focus is on building applications given their dominating effect on global use of energy. The contents of the course include:

    Applications of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) engineering
    - The concept and functional requirements of indoor climate
    - System consequences of indoor climate control, including energy supply

    Energy balance of conditioned spaces
    - Indoor environment and its effect on energy use
    - The energy balance of rooms and buildings
    - Heating and cooling, humidification and dehumidification, and ventilation
    - Heat recovery, thermal power and energy, load duration diagrams

    HVAC systems and equipment
    - HVAC system categories
    - Heating systems, cooling systems, ventilation systems
    - Air-conditioning systems and heat recovery systems
    - Air and hydronic distribution systems and terminal units

    Energy supply systems
    - External and internal heating and cooling systems


    The course comprises lectures and problem solving sessions and design tasks.


    Course literature from the Department


    Examination is in the form of one written exam including theory and problem solving. Marking is based on a 4 grade scale: Fail, 3, 4 and 5.

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