2019 Basic Engineering on Thermal Environment

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Urban Design and Built Environment
Instructor(s)
Asawa Takashi 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Mon7-8(G512)  
Group
-
Course number
UDE.E404
Credits
1
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2019/5/8
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

Thermal environmental problems, including the heat island effect, have become serious in urban areas of Japan, and they are regarded as the
epitome of urban environmental problems. It is important to understand the actual situations and mechanisms of thermal environment for taking measures against the problems and creating comfortable urban environments.
This course, therefore, explains the fundamentals of urban environmental problems, the actual situations and mechanisms of the heat island effects, heat balance on urban surfaces, the fundamentals of radiative heat transfer, remote sensing of thermal environment, thermal comfort and the effects of human activities on the thermal environment.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the fundamentals and mechanisms of heat balance on urban surfaces.
2) Learn monitoring methods for urban thermal environments by using observation techniques, including remote sensing.
3) Understand the relationship between thermal environment and thermal comfort, in order that students can discuss the way to create comfortable urban environments.

Keywords

Urban environment, Thermal environment, Heat island, Heat balance, Remote sensing, Themal comfort, Anthropogenic heat emission

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

The class proceeds with handouts. In the latter part of the fourth class, students are given exercise problems related to the lectures. At the end of the class, students are given a report assignment related to the contents of lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction Understand the fundamental of heat balance on the earth's surface and atmosphere.
Class 2 Heat island effect and the mechanisms Explain the actual situations and mechanisms of the heat island effect.
Class 3 Heat balance on ground surfaces Explain heat balances on urban surfaces using related equations.
Class 4 Fundamental of radiative heat transfer Explain radiative heat transfer using related equations. Midterm exam for the first half
Class 5 Remote sensing of thermal environment Understand type and fundamental of remote sensing techniques for urbanized area.
Class 6 Thermal environment and comfort Understand the relationship between thermal environment and thermal comfort.
Class 7 Human activities and thermal environment -Anthropogenic heat emission- Understand the relationship between human activities and the thermal environments in view of building energy use and anthropogenic heat emission.
Class 8 Summary Review of the lectures overall

Textbook(s)

Not in particular

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not in particular
Lecture materials are distributed at each class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' knowledge of the heat island effect, heat balance on urban surfaces, the fundamental of radiative heat transfer, remote sensing of thermal environment, thermal comfort and the effects of human activities on the thermal environment will be assessed.
Participation and contribution to the classes, Midterm exam, final report.

Related courses

  • UDE.E505 : Applied Engineering on Thermal Environment
  • ARC.E425 : Evaluation and Design of Thermal Environment

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not in particular

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