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Thermodynamics and HVAC Online Training Program (non-certification course)


*Please note, for all certification preparation training programs, an additional fee is due when submitting your certification application to take the exam.

About this Program

The principles of thermodynamics are used in many areas of energy engineering to analyze energy usage and identify possible efficiency improvements. This online program covers the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics and their practical application across industrial, commercial, and residential systems, with a focus on HVAC. The instructor will demonstrate how to identify, analyze, and solve thermodynamic problems associated with many real-life case studies. For each application, he will include a simple approach to understanding the laws, equations, graphs, charts, tables, and diagrams relating to thermodynamics.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concepts of heat energy and specific heat and their roles in thermodynamics.
  • Understand the concept of heat energy and its correspondence with work and other forms of energy in the thermodynamics realm.
  • Understand the concept of specific heat and its role in the calculation of heat associated with the change of temperature in thermodynamic systems.
  • Understand the conversion of energy from fuel form to heat, from heat to steam, from steam to work, and work to electricity.
  • Learn about the concepts of enthalpy, entropy, internal energy, work, and power.
  • Understand the difference between sensible and latent heats, and their role in the change of phases of substances.
  • Gain an understanding of the role of saturated and superheated steam tables in thermodynamics system analysis and the determination of the phase of water.
  • Understand the practical significance and the difference between various thermodynamic processes, i.e., isobaric, isenthalpic, isentropic, adiabatic, isochoric, isometric, isothermal, etc.
  • Learn about Mollier’s diagram, the psychrometric chart, and their applications in the design and optimal operation of HVAC Systems.
  • Understand the refrigeration cycle and get insight into the refrigeration process through a review of the pressure-enthalpy performance of DuPont® 134a refrigerant.
  • Get an appreciation of energy conservation and process optimization value offered by direct digital or automated control of HVAC Systems. 
  • Learn about the typical architecture of automated HVAC systems.

Agenda & Duration

This program is held over three days.

Day 1

- Fundamentals for Thermodynamics

  • Definition, units, and law of conservation of energy
  • The concept of “system” as it pertains to thermodynamic analysis
  • Importance of correct assignment of signs to work, and energy of various sorts, including heat energy
  • Energy conversion and heat calculation case study
  • Definition and calculation of power in thermodynamic systems
  • “Steam to Wire” flow of energy and power
  • Energy unit conversions and associated case study
  • Enthalpy and entropy
  • Heat transfer and illustration of entropy calculation through a Case Study
  • Heat of Fusion, heat of evaporation and heat of sublimation and phases of water

Day 2 

- Saturated and Superheated Steam Tables

- Class exercise to reinforce understanding and use of steam tables–predicting the phase of water, at given pressure and temperature

- Critical point, triple point and critical properties of water

- Mollier diagram and associated exercise

- Closed and open thermodynamic systems

- First law of thermodynamics

  • Development and understanding of SFEE, Steady Flow Energy Equation 

    - Second law of thermodynamics

    Day 3

    - Thermodynamic Processes

    • Adiabatic, isobaric, isochoric, isometric, isentropic, isothermal, throttling, quasi-static, quasi-equilibrium, polytropic, reversible and irreversible processes

    - Topping cycle, bottoming cycle and combined cycle processes

    - Turbines

    • Impulse vs. reaction turbine

    - Station Zebra case study

    - Psychrometrics and psychrometric chart

    • Simple vs. comprehensive psychrometric charts
    • Understanding and application of psychrometric charts
    • Instrumentation commonly used to acquire psychrometric chart data
    • Comprehensive psychrometric chart case study

    - HVAC and refrigeration cycle

    - Automated HVAC system

    - Refrigeration cycle case study

    • DuPont® 134a refrigerant pressure enthalpy graph-based analysis

      Educational Credits

      You earn 0.8 CEU | 8 PDH | 1.6 AEE Credits for completing this program.

      Non-certification Program

      An exam is not administered during this program and the program does not provide an AEE certification.


      This program caters to energy professionals, engineers, technicians, facilities managers, architects, and other professionals who are not intimately familiar with thermodynamics and HVAC principles and practices. It is also an ideal knowledge refresher for individuals that are familiar with this topic, or it can be used by certified professionals to broaden their knowledge and gain continuing education units. Lastly, the format and delivery of this program allows non-engineers, such as technical writers or financing or procurement professionals, to attended and take away a core understanding thermodynamics that will benefit them when interacting with energy professionals in their daily work.


      Online Training Experience

      Attending this program is an ideal opportunity to participate in a focused, fast-paced instructional program, designed to expand your knowledge of thermodynamics. The program is presented in short sessions over the course of three days to allow professionals to attend while still maintaining their current work schedule.

      Attendees can participate in this online program from anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection or access via smartphone/tablet.

      Schedule & Dates

      February 9 – 10, 2023 | Eastern Time Zone


      Day 1 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

      Day 2 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

      Day 3 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

      Important Notes

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