Coursebooks

Thermodynamics of comfort in buildings

CIVIL-450

Lecturer(s) :

Khovalyg Dolaana

Language:

English

Summary

This course provides an integrated approach to analyze indoor thermal comfort by examining thermodynamics of heat flows in buildings and correlation between indoor thermal environment, performance of the building envelope and thermal conditioning systems (HVAC).

Content

Energy, entropy and exergy concepts; their application to analyze technical services of buildings.

Indoor thermal comfort and ventilation requirements, indoor environmental standards

Thermal conditioning, heat/cold generation and distribution systems, loads calculation

Exergy analysis of various systems used for thermal management and ventilation of buildings

Practical evaluation of indoor comfort, energy, and exergy of air conditioning in building prototype

Keywords

Thermal comfort, thermal conditioning, HVAC, thermodynamics, energy efficiencvy, energy analysis.

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

N/A

Recommended courses

Thermodynamics and energetics (ME-251)

Building energetics (ENG-445)

Comfort and architecture: sustainable strategies (AR-442)

Important concepts to start the course

Energy, entropy and exergy

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ), thermal comfort requirements

Thermal conditioning needs in buildings

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

- Lectures and exercises for theoretical introduction to the search of the equilibrium between thermal comfort, performance of the building envelope and mechanical systems; comparative analysis of energy and exergy performance of thermal conditioning systems in buildings

- Laboratory activity to enrich understanding of students on indoor comfort and the associated energy expense. Students will perform measurements of the indoor thermal comfort in an office room and analyze exergy flow and energy consumption of the integrated HVAC system. The test facility is a small building prototype located on the smart living lab site in Fribourg

Expected student activities

Participate in lectures, work on exercises, work in groups on measurements in building prototype, analyze results and write a technical report

Assessment methods

Mid-term exam: 20%

Laboratory report: 50%

Final exam: 30%

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Bibliography

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites

Prerequisite for

Master Project

In the programs

  • Civil Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 2
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      During the semester
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Thermodynamics of comfort in buildings
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Civil Engineering, 2018-2019, Master semester 4
    • Semester
      Spring
    • Exam form
      During the semester
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Thermodynamics of comfort in buildings
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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8-9
9-10
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11-12
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13-14
14-15
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16-17
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20-21
21-22
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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German