Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING
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Second semester
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Course description

The course aims to train engineers able to define optimal solutions in terms of acoustic, lighting and thermo-hygrometric comfort by evaluating the interaction between the building and its systems.
Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course the students will have acquired the knowledge and methodological tools necessary to understand and face problems related to environmental control techniques.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: students have to demonstrate that they have acquired the main knowledge and methodologies that allow them to solve problems of environmental control, energy control, acoustics and lighting.
Autonomy of judgment: students have to demonstrate that they have developed the ability to critically and autonomously assess the issues related to problems of environmental comfort, to choose and identify design solutions in the industrial sector.
Communicative Skills: students have to demonstrate that they have learnt terminology, languages, numerical and descriptive methods of the actions aimed at reaching the indoor environmental comfort. In addition, they must have acquired the ability to interact with technicians of the field as well as to interface with people who are not experts in the sector, with a clear language, about issues related to environmental and energy control, acoustics and lighting.
Learning ability: students must be able to keep up-to-date, by consulting texts and publications related to the energy sector, thermophysics of buildings, air quality, acoustics and lighting engineering, starting from the knowledge and methods of analysis acquired during the course.


It is needed that students know basic notions of engineering, in particular thermodynamics and heat transfer.


Recalls of thermodynamics and heat transfer (2.0 CFU): behavior of pure substances and mixtures, determination of the state at equilibrium, mass and energy balances, basics on thermal systems, conduction, natural and forced convection, radiation, combined mechanisms.
Psychrometry and thermohygrometric verification (1.5 CFU): basic concepts and evaluation of the thermodynamic properties of humid air, psychrometric diagram, transformations, vapor transmission, vapor permeability, Glaser diagram.
Thermal well-being (1.0 CFU): energy balance on the human body, average radiant temperature and operating temperature, evaluation of thermal comfort.
Building thermophysics (2.0 CFU): relationship between climate and building, internal microclimate and air quality, ventilation of buildings, thermo-hygrometric behavior of the building, winter and summer thermal loads, energy needs of the building, thermophysical properties of materials, basics of air conditioning and heating systems.
Acoustics (1,5 CFU): basic definitions, characteristic quantities, sound levels, effects of noise on humans, generation and propagation of sounds, sound absorption and sound insulation.
Lighting (1 CFU): basic notions, fundamental photometric quantities, natural lighting and artificial lighting, lighting well-being and energy efficiency in lighting.

The course aims to train students on environmental control techniques, by developing their design skills to provide conditions of comfort in terms of thermo-hygrometric, energy, acoustic and lighting quality. To this end, the course provides fundamental knowledge on thermophysics of buildings, air quality, acoustics and lighting engineering, through the analysis of fundamental quantities and the definition of the main laws that allow the solution of problems of acoustic, lighting and thermo-hygrometric comfort.

Teaching Methods

The course includes both theoretical lessons and classroom exercises.
Theoretical lessons aim at introducing basic notions of thermophysics of buildings, air quality, acoustics and lighting and to provide the methodological tools to address the solution of problems related to indoor environmental comfort.
During classroom exercises, the tools provided in the theoretical lessons are applied to solve engineering problems and to strengthen the students' skills in identifying the most suitable design solutions for achieving indoor environmental comfort conditions.


Lecture notes and documents available from the course website.
Other suggested textbooks:
Ulteriori letture suggerite:
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning: Analysis and Design, Faye C. McQuiston, Jerald D. Parker, Jeffrey D. Spitler, Wiley Ed.
Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, Norbert Lechner, Wiley Ed.

Learning assessment

The exam is composed of a written test and an oral examination of the skills and disciplinary knowledge acquired by the candidate regarding the theoretical knowledge of the topics covered during the course and their practical application.

More information

Exam can be taken in Italian, upon student's request.