Automotive Air Conditioning and Climate Control Systems


  • Steven Daly, Design, Engineering and Technology teacher at the Prestigious Langley Independent School, and Lecturer at City Norwich College; formerly Curriculum Manager, Higher Education & Professional Studies, College of North West London, UK

Automotive Air-conditioning and Climate Control Systems is a complete text and reference on the theoretical, practical and legislative aspects of vehicle climate control systems for automotive engineering students and service professionals. It provides the reader with a thorough up-to-date knowledge of current A/C systems, refrigerants and the new possible replacement systems like CO2, and includes unrivalled coverage of electronic and electrical control. Filling the gap in the automotive engineering and servicing market for students and those training on the job, this book will help both newcomers and those with more experience of air-conditioning systems maintenance engineering to keep up with the latest developments and legislation.
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Student and trainee automotive engineers, plus professional reference in all areas of automotive HVAC; Additionally equipment and training providers and a number of other private and collegial institutions which offer specialist HVAC training


Book information

  • Published: July 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6955-9

Table of Contents

1 Air-conditioning Fundamentals1.1 History of Automotive Air-conditioning Systems1.2 Introduction to Heating and Ventilation1.3 The Basic Theory of Cooling 1.4 Vapour compression refrigeration1.5 Alternative cycles1.6 The air-conditioning system1.7 The expansion valve system1.8 The fixed orifice valve system1.9 Dual air-conditioning2 Air-conditioning components2.1 The compressor2.2 The condenser2.3 The receiver-drier/accumulator2.4 The expansion valve/fixed orifice valve2.5 The evaporator2.6 Anti-frosting devices2.7 Basic control switches3 Air-conditioning electrical and electronic control3.1 Electrical principles3.2 Sensors and actuators3.3 Testing sensors and actuators3.4 Oscilloscope waveform sampling3.5 Multiplex wiring systems3.6 OBD and EOBD3.7 How to Read Wiring Diagrams3.8 Automotive A/C manual control system (case study 1)3.9 Automotive A/C auto temp control system (case study 2)3.10 Automotive climate control system (case study 3)4 Diagnostics and troubleshooting4.1 Initial vehicle inspection4.2 Temperature measurements4.3 Pressure gauge readings and cycle testing4.4 A/C system leak testing4.5 Sight glass5 Service and repair5.1 Servicing precautions5.2 Refrigerant recovery, recycle and charging5.3 System oil5.4 System flushing5.5 Odour removal5.6 Retrofitting5.7 Replacement and adjustment of compressor components5.8 Fixed orifice valve remove and replace6 The environment6.1 Global warming6.2 The ozone layer7 Legislation7.1 Historical perspective7.2 US perspectiveAppendicesIndex