EVA: Complementary Modules 2019-20

Complementary modules organized by all institutions participating in the MSE.

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Title: Design and simulation of HVAC systems coupled to buildings
Short Code: EVA_DSH
ECTS Credits: 3
Organizer Details: Frank Tillenkamp (till@zhaw.ch)

33.3% Written 2h, w/o documents on 29/05/2020
33.3% Written report of group work on 27/05/2020
33.3% Oral presentation of group work on 29/05/2020

Decision Date: 17 February 2020 
Start Date: 27 April 2020 
End Date: 29 May 2020 
Date Details:

Face to face period: 27.-28.04.2020


29.5.2020: 2h written examination

27.5.2020: written report of group work

29.5.2020: oral presentation of Group work



Face to face lectures and tutorials (27/04/2020 - 28/04/2020) 16h (18%)
Tutorial and accompanied mini-Project (29/04/2020 - 30/04/2020) 16h (18%)
Autonomous group Project (04/05/2020 - 27/05/2020) 58h (64%)
Total 90h (100%)



Description (max. 300 characters):

The course develops competences for practical optimization of HVAC systems coupled to buildings based on mathematical modelling.

Contents and Learning Objectives:

Face to face


Module 1: Psychrometrics (numerical calculation of moist air properties, typical transformations). Thermal comfort.

Module 2: Modelling of typical elements of HAVC systems

Module 3: Modelling and simulation of HVAC systems coupled to buildings


Tutorial 1: Calculation of moist air properties and matrix formulation of models

Tutorial 2: Numerical modelling of HVAC systems

Tutorial 3: Coupling HVAC systems and complex buildings


Accompanied individual mini-project:


Air mixing and heating

Air-mixing, heating, humidification

Heat recovery, heating, adiabatic humidification

heat recovery and cooling


Autonomous group project:

The students will define their own subject on indoor climate control (temperature and humidity): a building and its HVAC system will be modelled. On this model, optimisation of design parameters and energy management will be done. Examples of projects: detached house, school, office building, green house, supermarket, research laboratory, restaurant.


The course is self-contained: all teaching materials are provided as PDF (bibliography, teaching materials and slides for lectures and tutorials).


- C. Ghiaus (2014) Linear algebra solution to psychometric analysis of air-conditioning systems, Energy vol. 74, pp. 555-566

- MATLAB / Octave tutorials (Learn with MATLAB and Simulink Tutorials, www.mathowirks.com and/or Octave Programming Tutorial, en.wikibooks.org

- G. Strang (2007) Computational Science and Engineering, Wellesley-Cambridge Press, ISBN-10 0-9614088-1-2

- ASHRAE Fundamentals, chapters F01 Psychrometrics, F07. Fundamentals of controls, F09 Thermal Comfort, F16 Ventilation and Infiltration, F17 and F18 Heating and Cooling Loads


Thomas Bergmann, begm@zhaw.ch

Contact Person E-Mail: Thomas.Bergmann@zhaw.ch
Status: registration open
Specialization: Energy and Environment (EE)

Industrial Technologies (InT)


[Responsible for this text: Thomas Bergmann]