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HVAC and Refrigeration References: ASHRAE

What are the important references for studying? What references should I take into the exam?

ASHRAE Fundamentals

This is a must have resource for the HVAC and Refrigeration portion of the exam. It contains valuable information that can be used during the exam and is a common resource for the practicing professional engineer. Important resources found in this book include but are not limited to:

  • Roof, Wall, Window material properties
  • Duct sizing formulas, graphs and material properties
  • Pipe sizing formulas, graphs and material properties
  • Refrigeration diagrams and refrigerant properties
  • Material and fluid properties
  • Etc.

ASHRAE HVAC Systems and Equipment

This book provides information on various HVAC equipment and systems. It is recommended that this book be reviewed prior to the exam, in order to gain an understanding of the different pieces of HVAC equipment. Often times, engineers in training do not get exposed to all the popular pieces of equipment during their training period. This book will provide the necessary exposure to the various equipment and systems.

  • Roof, Wall, Window material properties
  • Duct sizing formulas, graphs and material properties
  • Pipe sizing formulas, graphs and material properties
  • Refrigeration diagrams and refrigerant properties
  • Material and fluid properties
  • Etc.

ASHRAE Applications

This book provides information on various HVAC Applications. It provides various scenarios encountered by HVAC Engineers and how the systems and equipment discussed in the previous book are used in different applications. It is recommended that this book be reviewed slightly prior to the exam, in order to gain an understanding of the different applications encountered. Often times, engineers in training do not get exposed to the wide variety of HVAC applications. This book will provide the necessary exposure to the various applications.


ASHRAE Refrigeration

The final book in the ASHRAE series is ASHRAE Refrigeration. This book discusses the various refrigeration systems and excludes the HVAC portion of HVAC/R. This book is necessary to bring into the exam because of the thermal properties of foods and refrigerant pipe sizing. All of the ASHRAE books go into much more detail than is necessary for the exam, it is important to remember that for this exam the level of complexity must allow for a problem to be completed in 6 minutes and the problem must not be too obscure and detailed.



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