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Fall 2012
Jun 19, 2024
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CE 51401 - Building Controls
Credit Hours: 3.00. This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge of fundamentals, design, and analysis for building control systems. It primarily consists of three parts. The first part covers basic concepts, terminology, procedures and computations of control systems including block diagrams & transfer functions, open-loop & closed-loop control, control system modeling, time response, root locus techniques, design via root locus, and digital control systems. The second part focuses on issues surrounding the building controls: interfacing components such as sensors and actuators, problems encountered, and state-of-the-art solutions for building energy efficiency and thermal comfort. The third part aims to develop students' ability to convert control system concepts into real building control systems. The course provides a hands-on opportunity for students to complete three projects associated with the three primary components during the semester: indoor environmental quality assessment, building HVAC system commissioning and its control analysis, and new control algorithm development for building energy efficiency, occupant health, and individual productivity. Typically offered Fall Spring.
3.000 Credit hours

Syllabus Available
Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional
Schedule Types: Lecture

Offered By: School of Civil Engineering
Department: Lyles School of Civil Engr

Course Attributes:
Upper Division

May be offered at any of the following campuses:     
      West Lafayette

Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate basic HVAC processes and explain the function, layout, and operation of commercial HVAC systems. 2. Analyze the function, operating characteristics, and appropriate applications of basic control loops and control modes as found in direct digital, analog electronic, electronic and pneumatic commercial control systems. 3. Understand and program a sequence of control, lay out a control system logic diagram and program it into a DDC controller. 4. Understand the function of network devices and network protocols such as a bridge, router, gateway, hub, firewall, Ethernet, TCP/IP, BacNet, and Lon Talk. 5. Use general-purpose and specific building automation software to monitor and control a building HVAC system. 6. Numerically model a building to define the key control parameters for thermal comfort. 7. Develop and program alternative control algorithms for building HVAC systems in order to enable sustainable buildings.

Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges:     
      School of Aero and Astro Engr
      School of Biomedical Engr
      School of Civil Engineering
      School of Chemical Engineering
      School of Nuclear Engineering
      School of Elec & Computer Engr
      School of Engineering Educ
      School of Industrial Engr
      School of Mechanical Engr
      School of Materials Engr
      School of Agr and Bio Engr
      Construction Engineering Mgmt
Must be enrolled in one of the following Classifications:     
      Senior 105+ hours
      Senior 90 - 104 hours

GR-CE 51401 Requisites

General Requirements:

Student Attribute: GR
May not be taken concurrently.  )
Course or Test: CE 41300
Minimum Grade of D-
May be taken concurrently.
Course or Test: CE 41400
Minimum Grade of D-
May be taken concurrently. )

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