Fundamentals of HVAC Building Systems Design, Vol 2

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This practical applications workbook — and its accompanying design software — helps students develop specific HVAC system design habits and methods. It provides three sample problems (and solutions) for each new concept discussed — the first is worked out entirely, the second is a guided practice, and the third is unsolved. An introduction to HVAC, standard design procedures, and application problems are included.
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This user-friendly workbook presents the basic principles of commercial HVAC (spelled out in the glossary as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Part I features standard design procedures, formulas, and sample problems (some worked out). Part II contains further application problems. The disk offers two programs in BASIC for reader tinkering: DuctSizer version 1.0 DSP (ductwork sizing program) and ThermSizer 1.0 HCP (heating/cooling loads calculator program). Appends computation tables and problem solutions. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780139075933
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 10/9/1998
  • Series: Building Systems Design Series
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 8.22 (w) x 10.93 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents


1. HVAC Defined.
2. Principles of Forced-Air Ventilation.
3. Elements of Ductwork Design.
4. Sizing Ductwork.
5. Sizing Fans and Air Handlers.
6. Computation of Heating and Cooling Loads.
7. Heating and Cooling Devices and the Refrigeration Cycle.


Section 1: Duct Sizing, Air Device Rating, and General Ventilation.
Section 2: Heating Loads and Cooling Unit Section.
Section 3: Heating Loads and Heating Unit Section.
Solutions to Part II Problems.
Appendix A: Using the DuctSizer DSP and the ThermSizer HCP Programs.
Appendix B: Table of Heat Transfer Coefficients of Various Construction Materials.
Appendix C: Loads Computation Tables.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    Could Have Been Outstanding

    This book could have been excellent. It offers a valuable approach to introducing HVAC design. I am a mechanical engineer just starting out in the HVAC field. I took thermodynamics, fluids, and heat transfer in school but no courses specifically in air conditioning. I really like to have a set of problems and answers available and the workbook format is excellent. The book is also very well written and clear most of the way through. Unfortunately, the problem answers are full of errors and two of the most important formulas are not presented clearly. I did not do all of the problems in the second section, but I would estimate that about 1 out of every 3 answers in the first section are incorrect. Usually there is enough information given that you can spot the mistakes pretty easily. (One problem in which the error was not as easy to spot involved a hemispherical building. The volume for an entire sphere is used to calculate the building's volume where half that volume should have been used (incidentally, the formula given in the front for the volume of a sphere is incorrect although the problem was solved using the correct volume for a whole sphere)). If this was the only problem with the book, I would probably still recommend it and just list all the errors I found for other readers. Unfortunately, the formula relating volume flows given on page 63 is not explained clearly. What little explanation is given seems incorrect. I am not saying that the formula itself is wrong, because the answers it gives seem reasonable. All the mistakes in the problems,however, and the seemingly bogus derivation, make me afraid to use it. Unfortunately, this is a key equation. The second major formula that is not presented clearly is the formula for heat loss through walls,windows,doors,etc. It is never even presented in the main body of the text. You simply have to find it in the worksheets that the author uses. I don't feel that a derivation is necessary or within the scope of the book, but it would be nice if some words were said about it and it was presented in the main text. In summary, I don't feel the book was worth the 50 + dollars I paid for it. It's probably worth about $20. If a second edition were released that addressed the numerous errors, the questionable formula (or at least derivation) on P. 63, and presented the heat transfer equation more clearly, it would be worth purchasing.

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