Courses Catalogue

Mechanical Systems

COURSE CODE: MEC3216
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Mechanical Engineering, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


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.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE:

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.