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Architectural Engineering PE Sample Exam

Architectural Engineering PE Sample Exam
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ME1.1       Psychrometrics

In psychrometrics, Humidity Ratio is defined as ________________ and sometimes called _______________:

ME1.2       Psychrometrics

An air handling unit cooling coil has the following characteristics: 7,500 cfm, 75°F/50% RH entering air (enthalpy = 27.53 BTU/lb), 55°F/90%RH leaving air (enthalpy = 21.55 BTU/lb), 42°F supply chilled water, 52°F return chilled water. What GPM of chilled water is required?

ME1.3       Refrigeration Cycles

The coefficient of performance (COP) of refrigeration cycles is calculated by:
ME1.4       Heat Transfer

Determine the minimum insulation thickness required for a 6” hot water pipe (160°F). The maximum temperature on the outer surface of the insulation can be 100°F. Thermal conductivity of the insulation is 0.25 BTU-in./(hr-ft2-°F). The maximum heat loss from the pipe/insulation is 150 BTUh/ft.

ME1.5       HVAC/Refrigeration Systems

In a simple refrigerant system, what is the order of equipment starting with the outdoor unit?

ME2.1       HVAC/Refrigeration Components

In a direct-expansion air conditioning system, what is the purpose of the refrigerant air dryer?

ME2.2       Heating/Cooling Loads

A retail building 100’-0” wide by 200’-0” deep x 16’-0” high has the following characteristics: the 2 sides and the rear of the building have an overall U-value of 0.11 BTU/ft2-hr-°F, the front of the building is constructed entirely of storefront glass panels with an overall U-value of 0.51 BTU/ft2-hr-°F, the roof has an overall U-value of 0.08 BTU/ft2-hr-°F, 75% of the overall floor space is to be used for occupancy and lighting calculations (sales area), the occupancy loading is 66.67 sq. ft per person in the sales area, people sensible load is 250 Btuh/person, the outside air ventilation requirements are: 5 cfm per person, 12 cfm per sq.ft. (sales area), 06 cfm per sq.ft. (warehouse area), the lighting load is 3 watts per square foot, the overall miscellaneous power is 1 watt per square foot, the store is to be maintained at 75°F/50%RH, the design day is 97°F/75°F, the blow through air handling unit discharge temperature is 56°F and the fan motor heat is 1°F. The total air conditioning load in tons is most nearly? (neglect solar heat gain)

ME2.3       Thermodynamic Cycles

In a simple thermodynamic refrigerant cycle, what state is the refrigerant in between the condenser and the thermostatic expansion valve?

ME2.4       Thermodynamic Properties

Thermodynamic properties are divided into two types: intensive and extensive. An extensive property depends on size or extent of the system. Intensive properties exist at any point in space. Which of the following are categorized as intensive properties: (1) Pressure, (2)Temperature, (3) Volume, (4)Density

ME2.5       Thermodynamic Compression Processes

Thermodynamic compression where no heat is transferred in or out is called ___________ compression.
EE5.1        Branch Circuit and Feeder Conductor Sizing:

A 460 volt/3-phase motor circuit feeds the following motors: 25 hp, 40 hp, 3 hp, 5 hp, and 15 hp. What size THW copper conductor is required at 75°C?

EE5.2        Branch Circuit and Feeder Conductor Sizing:

A newly constructed retail center has all branch circuits routed in EMT. How close to outlet boxes and junction boxes does the EMT need to be supported?

EE5.3        Power Distribution for Buildings and Equipment:

The service conductors to a building are 600 kcmil copper. What size copper grounding electrode conductor is required?

EE5.4        Power Distribution for Buildings and Equipment:

Given a demand load of 170 kVA, what size is the 480-volt, 3-phase service?

EE5.5        Power Distribution for Buildings and Equipment:

What size type-THW, copper conductors are required for the service described in question EE5.4?

SE10.1      Foundations - Retaining Walls:

What is the primary purpose for the toe portion of a retaining wall?

SE10.2      Materials Characteristics of Steel, Concrete, Masonry, and Timber Strength:

Which of the following has an ultimate tensile strength of 58,000 - 80,000 psi?

SE10.3      Materials Characteristics of Steel, Concrete, Masonry, and Timber Stiffness:

What is the stiffness of a 6” x 6” white oak beam spanning 13 feet when a force of 200 lbs is applied mid-span and the deflection is 2”?

SE10.4      Materials Characteristics of Steel, Concrete, Masonry, and Timber Hardness:

(Refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardness). Hardness is defined as the measure of how resistant solid matter is to various kinds of permanent shape change when a force is applied. Since the behavior of solid materials under force is complex, there are different measurements of hardness. Which measurement of hardness measures the resistance of a sample to material deformation due to a constant compression load from a sharp object?

SE10.5      Materials Characteristics of Steel, Concrete, Masonry, and Timber Environmental Concerns

Which of the following activities contribute to the environmental impact of building materials: (1) Production, (2) Transportation, (3) Installation, (4) Use

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