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This 46-page, 4-hour course is a brief overview of the basic principles of the most commonly-encountered air conditioning systems, along with ancillary components and ducting. This course is recommended for students requiring a general introduction to the terms, procedures, and principles of small to large-scale air conditioning systems.

Basic Principles of Air Conditioning
Temperature, Humidity, and Airflow Control
Relationship of Wet-Bulb, Dry-Bulb, and Dewpoint Temperatures
Air Purity
Operation of Basic AC Systems
Self-Contained Units, Heat Pump Units
Heating and Cooling Cycles
General Characteristics of AC Systems
Types of Cooler Systems
Humidistat and Thermostat Control Components
Condenser and Compressor Components
Overload Protectors, Step Controllers
Diagnostic, Servicing, and Maintenance Procedures
System Certifications
Classifications of Ducts and Ductwork Components
System Balancing

Intended Audience: for Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, and Construction engineers.

Publication Source: US Corp of Engineers

4 hours
Certificate of completion
Beginner level
No prerequisites
No preparation required
1 year access


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