Impact of control loop performance on energy use, air quality, and thermal comfort in building systems with advanced sequences of operation

Shadi M. Abdel Haleem, Gregory Pavlak, William P. Bahnfleth

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Abstract

Maintaining control system performance over the lifespan of a building offers great potential for increasing system operation efficiency. Programming the building monitoring system with control loop performance assessment (CLPA) indices provides a way to identify poorly performing loops. This work further advances building control monitoring by developing an approach to help prioritize control problems based on the severity of their system-level impact. CLPA indices were added to a Modelica-based small office building model programmed with advanced heating, ventilating, and air conditioning control sequences. An extensive set of unique simulations of different levels of loop detuning were implemented to generate a database that contains both system-level performance metrics and CLPA indices. A regression model was then developed that combines individual loop performance to assess the impact on system-level outputs. Loops of the zone with higher heat gains and the air handling unit supply air temperature loop produced the greatest system-level impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103837
JournalAutomation in Construction
Volume130
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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