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AE 554 Simulation-Optimization Syllabus, Fall 2006
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Phone: (814) 863-2091
FAX: (814) 863-4789
Prof. Stanley A. Mumma, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE
College of Engineering
Department of Architectural Engineering
214 Engineering Unit A
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802-1400
e-mail: [email protected]
AE 554, Simulation/Optimization
Fall 2006
Dr. S. A. Mumma, P.E.
Classes: MWF 10:10-11:00, 203 Sackett
References: Design of Thermal Systems, by: W. F. Stoecker
Technical Papers,
ASHRAE Literature,
On Line sources.
Course objective: To develop the capacity and tools (not canned programs)
necessary to select the optimum solution to the HVAC design challenges. It
is so often said, "there are many possible answers to a design problem" that
the idea is sometimes conveyed that all solutions are equally desirable.
Actually only one solution is the optimum, where the optimum is based on
some defined criterion, e.g. cost, size or weight. It is not suggested that a
workable system is to be scorned. Obviously, a workable system is infinitely
preferable to a nonworkable system. In addition, extensive effort in
progressing from a workable toward an optimum solution may not be
justified because of limitations in calendar time, cost of engineering time, or
even the reliability of the fundamental data on which the design is based.
Class participation
2 hour exams,
Final Exam,
Sem. Project,
Home work
AE 554 Simulation-Optimization Syllabus, Fall 2006
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Introduction and overview, including projects for the semester.
Review to equalize footing. About 2 weeks.
Developing a working design. i.e. does the current design practice
preclude optimization? About 1 week.
Investment Economics, to provide basis for optimization objective
equations development. About 2 weeks
Mathematical modeling, About 3 weeks.
1. with no physical insight
2. with physical insight
System simulation, About 3 weeks.
1. developing the set of independent equations
2. solving the set of equations.
Optimization, About 3 weeks
1. developing the objective equation.
2. dealing with constraints.
3. practicing the methods: calculus, search, and “programming”
Exam 1, about October 9th.
Exam 2, about November 6th.
Final Exam, Week of Dec. 18-21.
Homework, due on Mondays for the prior week’s assignments, except
instructed otherwise.
Semester Project: progress reports and final work as instructed.