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Comparing the impact of different thermal comfort constraints on a model-assisted control design process

Kontogianni, E; Giannakis, GI; Kontes, GD; Rovas, DV; (2013) Comparing the impact of different thermal comfort constraints on a model-assisted control design process. In: Kabelo, Karel, (ed.) Proceedings of the 11th REHVA World Congress and 8th International Conference on IAQVEC ”Energy Efficient, Smart and Healthy Buildings.”. (pp. pp. 4193-4203). CLIMA: Prague, Czech Republic. Green open access

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Abstract

In the design of supervisory controllers for managing energy in buildings, modelbased control design approaches have recently attracted significant attention. The control-design problem in these cases is typically posed as a constrained minimization problem: given a simulation model acting as a surrogate of the building, identify a controller that minimizes a cost function, say energy, subject to the constraint that thermal comfort stays within acceptable levels. The use of a thermal comfort model can be the means for estimating comfort so that the mathematical programming problem can be formulated. In the present paper, we investigate how the choice of thermal comfort model affects the quality of the resulting controller. We consider a building simulated in EnergyPlus and design, under the same conditions, controllers using three different thermal comfort models: the model of Fanger, the two-node Pierce model, and the KSU two-node model. A comparative study is performed to draw conclusions upon the effects that this selection has with respect to the performance of the resulting controller.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Comparing the impact of different thermal comfort constraints on a model-assisted control design process
Event: CLIMA 2013: 11th REHVA World Congress and 8th International Conference on IAQVEC, 16-19 June 2013, Prague, Czech Republic
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Dates: 16 June 2013 - 16 June 2013
ISBN-13: 978-80-260-4001-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: thermal comfort; BEMS; GenOpt; Control Design
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10063034
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