The course introduces students to the basic design principles of hydraulics; water
distribution; sewage systems; fire sprinkler systems; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
The main Rationales of mechanical systems are to provide thermal comfort and to maintain good indoor air quality. These conditions are essential for a quality, high-performance building.
At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
- Learn the concept of fluid flow.
- Identify and apply the codes governing building plumbing and air distribution systems.
- Apply appropriate terminology.
- Explain the criteria involved in fluid flow.
- Explain the relationship between pipe size, fluid velocity, flow rate, and pressure.
- Explain the concept of fluid flow continuity.
- Identify and describe the basic materials used in plumbing, and the characteristics of each.
- Identify and describe the basic types of valves and the characteristics of each.
- Apply the concept of fixture units as units of flow rate.
- Design a water distribution system using appropriate charts and tables in the design calculations.
- Identify the unique problems involving high-rise distribution systems.
- Identify the plumbing requirements of a fire sprinkler system.
The course will:
- Expand the student’s understanding of the effects of the fluid distribution systems on
- building design and the effects of the building design on fluid distribution systems.
- Expand the student’s understanding of the range of plumbing materials, fittings, and means of connection commonly used in residential and commercial piping systems.
- Expand the student’s understanding of how the principles of fluid flow affects water/air distribution systems.
- Enhance the student’s knowledge of the proper design a passive heating and cooling system
- Enhance the student’s knowledge of the proper design of open/closed air conditioningdistribution systems.
- Enhance the student’s knowledge of the proper design of fire sprinkler distributionsystems.