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Thermodynamics-Based Optimization and Control of Vapor-Compression Cycle Operation: Control Synthesis

[+] Author Affiliations
Neera Jain, Andrew G. Alleyne

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Paper No. DSCC2011-6088, pp. 827-834; 8 pages
  • 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


This paper considers the implementation of an exergy-based multiple degree of freedom (MDOF) optimization and control methodology for the operation of VCC systems. The optimization problem for the standard VCC is characterized in terms of 4 thermodynamic variables and 1 fluid-dynamic variable. The resulting control problem is then analyzed, and a design variable, Λ, is introduced which allows the user to choose how the optimization variables are projected onto a control space of lower dimension. The potential of this approach to improve operational efficiency, with respect to both first and second law efficiency metrics, is demonstrated on an experimental VCC system through implementation of the proposed optimization using a feedforward plus feedback control architecture.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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