Course code Ener3031

Credit points 2

Design of Heating Systems

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation17.12.2014

Responsible UnitInstitute of Energetics

Course developer

author Enerģētikas institūts

Raimunds Šeļegovskis

Dr. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

Ener3018, Heat Sources

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to acquire the design, operation and choice of building heating systems and their component parts as heat generators, pumps, pipes, safety and installation elements. Electric heating systems, heating with gas heaters, heated floors with water pipes and electric heating cables, heating with hot air are acquired. The design of up-to-date heating systems, control principles and it's components are analyzed.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge - knows types of building heating systems and the design and operational principles of their elements, selection criteria, systems management principles – tests 1 and 2;
Skills - calculation of the parameters for the elements of the heating system, making their reasonable choices, assessing their suitability for the site - test 1 and 2;

Competence - calculation and selection of the the heating system type and its elements suitable for a given object, assessment of the operation and control of the heating system, development of improvement solutions - tests 1 and 2.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1. Building water heating systems, classification, their schemes, construction principles. (Lectures 1h)
2. Water heating system elements: pipelines, their characteristics, selection, installation - (Lectures 2h)
3. Water heating system components: air-bleeding valves, safety devices. (Lectures 1h)
4. Compensation for thermal expansion of heat carrier. Extension tanks. (Lectures 1h)
5. Circulation pumps, their characteristics, calculation of parameters, selection. (Lectures 1h)
6. Hydraulic calculation of water heating system elements (Practical works 3 h)
7. Room heaters of water heating systems (Lectures 2h)
8. Calculation of heat loss for space and building. Heater selection (Practical works 3 h)
9. Heat generators for heating systems (Lectures 2h).
Test 1. Water heating systems and elements. (Practical works 1h)
10. Building air heating systems. (Lectures 1h)
11. Building electrical heating systems and appliances. (Lectures 1h)
12. Heating with gas burners. (Lectures 1h)
13. Steam heating systems. (Lectures 1h)
14. Heating systems with floor-mounted heat pipes and heating cables. (Lectures 2h)
15. Types of heat pumps, their use in heating systems (Lectures 1h).
16. Heating system controls: heating regulators, valves. Heat consumption accounting (Lectures 3h).
17. Concept and principles for the development of a modern heating system – (Lectures 3h)
Test 2. Alternatives to water heating systems and control of heating systems. (Practical works 1h)
Part time extramural studies:

All topics specified for full time studies are accomplished, but the number of contact hours is one half of the number specified in the calendar

Requirements for awarding credit points

Credit with mark.
Both tests have to be credited. Attendance of classes at least 75% of the total.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Students independently prepare for tests

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The mark depends on the score obtained in both tests.

Compulsory reading

1. Šeļegovskis R. Apsildes sistēmu elementu aprēķinu metodika un piemēri. Metodiskais līdzeklis. Jelgava: LLU TF, 2008. 60 lpp. Pieejams:ācību materiāli/R.Šeļegovska mācību materiāli.
2. Dzelzītis E, Krēsliņš A., Šteinerts A. u.c. Jaunu ūdens apkures un karstā ūdens apgādes sistēmu projektēšana. Rīga: VARAM, SGŪTIS, 1999. 95 lpp.

3. Čiuprinskas K. u.c. Apkure, ventilācija, gaisa kondicionēšana. Teorija un prakse. Vilnius, “Supernamai”, 2019. 405 lpp.

Further reading

1. Šterns H.B. Centrālapsilde savrupnamā. Rīga: Lielupes izdevniecība IK, 2005. 169 lpp.
2. Borodiņecs A., Krēsliņš A. Būvniecības siltumfizika ēku projektētājiem. Rīga: RTU, 2007. 131 lpp.

3. Dzelzītis E. Siltuma, gāzes un ūdens inženiersistēmu automatizācijas pamati. Rīga: RTU, 2005. 414 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Enerģētika & Automatizācija. Ikmēneša žurnāls. Izdevējs SIA Biznesa Portāls. ISSN 1407-8589.


Compulsory study course is included in professional higher education bachelor study program "Applied Energy Engineering".