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Model-Based Hierarchical Optimal Control Design for HVAC Systems

[+] Author Affiliations
Mehdi Maasoumy, Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli

University of California - Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

Alessandro Pinto

United Technologies Research Center Inc., Berkeley, CA

Paper No. DSCC2011-6078, pp. 271-278; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/DSCC2011-6078
From:
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, Volume 1
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, October 31–November 2, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5475-4
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME

abstract

A hierarchical control architecture for balancing comfort and energy consumption in buildings is presented. The control design is based on a simplified, yet accurate model of the temperature within each room of the building. The model is validated against real measurements. The control architecture comprises a first level that regulates low level quantities such as air flow, and a second level that balances comfort (i.e. distance between the desired and actual temperature) and energy consumption (i.e. total energy consumed for the required level of comfort). We show the effectiveness of our approach by simulation using validated models.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME

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