The objectives of the course provide that each student acquires knowledge and skills related to heating and refrigeration systems in buildings. The course aims to provide the knowledge and skills (ie the ability to apply the knowledge) necessary for the plant engineering analysis in the buildings and each of its sub-groups. To develop the necessary threshold skills required in the study of any component of the heating or cooling system, the student is asked to demonstrate the achievement of knowledge and skills on the following aspects of particular importance.
1) To know the theories underlying the mathematical models of simulation of the components of the heating or refrigerating system;
2) identify the critical points that can be improved, evaluate the uncertainties and tolerances inherent in each calculation method;
3) analyze any component of the system to verify if it meets the required efficiency requirements;
4) identify the dominant parameters in the choice of a system or a component, define its dimensions and characteristics;
5) know how to propose the appropriate design changes to increase the performance and energy efficiency of each system or component of the thermal system;
6) identify the constraints imposed by the functional requirements and the characteristics of the systems and materials;
7) know the nomenclature and terminology, both scientific and normative, also in English.
At the end of the training activity, in agreement with the Dublin descriptors, the student must have acquired knowledge and understanding, independence of judgment, communication and display skills, ability to learn and communicate. Furthermore, it must have acquired the ability to evaluate the performance of the components of a heating or refrigeration system and to preliminarily design systems.