Modeling Environment for Model Predictive Control of Buildings

Žakula, Tea and Armstrong, Peter and Norford, Leslie (2014) Modeling Environment for Model Predictive Control of Buildings. = Modeling Environment for Model Predictive Control of Buildings. Energy and buildings, 85. pp. 549-559. ISSN 0378-7788. Vrsta rada: ["eprint_fieldopt_article_type_article" not defined]. Kvartili JCR: Q1 (2014). Točan broj autora: 3.

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Model predictive control (MPC) is an advanced control that can be used for dynamic optimization of HVAC equipment. Although the benefits of this technology have been shown in numerous research papers, currently there is no commercially or publicly available software that allows the analysis of building systems that employ MPC. The lack of detailed and robust tools is preventing more accurate analysis of this technology and the identification of factors that influence its energy saving potential. The modeling environment (ME) presented here is a simulation tool for buildings that employ MPC. It enables a systematic study of primary factors influencing dynamic controls and the savings potential for a given building. The ME is highly modular to enable easy future expansion, and sufficiently fast and robust for implementation in a real building. It uses two commercially available computer programs, with no need for source code modifications or complex connections between programs. A simplified building model is used during the optimization, whereas a more complex building model is used after the optimization. It is shown that a simplified building model can adequately replace a more complex model, resulting in significantly shorter computational times for optimization than those found in the literature.

Item Type: Article (["eprint_fieldopt_article_type_article" not defined])
Keywords (Croatian): Model predictive control; Simulation tool; Energy efficiency
Subjects: TECHNICAL SCIENCE > Mechanical Engineering
Divisions: 300 Department of Thermodynamics, Thermal and Process Engineering > 320 Chair of Thermal and Process Engineering
Indexed in Web of Science: Yes
Indexed in Current Contents: Yes
Quartiles: Q1 (2014)
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 09:55
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2017 16:03

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