A modelling method for large-scale open spaces orientated toward coordinated control of multiple air-terminal units

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Author(s)

  • Pei Zhou
  • Songjie Wang
  • Jintao Zhou
  • Syed Asad Hussain
  • Xiaoping Liu
  • Jiajia Gao

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225–241
Journal / PublicationBuilding Simulation
Volume16
Issue number2
Online published17 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

Abstract

The temperature distribution is always assumed to be homogeneous in a traditional single-input-single-output (SISO) air conditioning control strategy. However, the airflow inside is more complicated and unpredictable. This study proposes a zonal temperature control strategy with a thermal coupling effect integrated for air-conditioned large-scale open spaces. The target space was split into several subzones based on the minimum controllable air terminal units in the proposed method, and each zone can be controlled to its own set-point while considering the thermal coupling effect from its adjacent zones. A numerical method resorting to computational fluid dynamics was presented to obtain the heat transfer coefficients (HTCs) under different air supply scenarios. The relationship between heat transfer coefficient and zonal temperature difference was linearized. Thus, currently available zonal models in popular software can be used to simulate the dynamic response of temperatures in large-scale indoor open spaces. Case studies showed that the introduction of HTCs across the adjacent zones was capable of enhancing the precision of temperature control of large-scale open spaces. It could satisfy the temperature requirements of different zones, improve thermal comfort and at least 11% of energy saving can be achieved by comparing with the conventional control strategy.

Research Area(s)

  • CFD, heat transfer coefficient, large-scale open space, thermal coupling, TRNSYS, zonal temperature control

Citation Format(s)

A modelling method for large-scale open spaces orientated toward coordinated control of multiple air-terminal units. / Zhou, Pei; Wang, Songjie; Zhou, Jintao et al.
In: Building Simulation, Vol. 16, No. 2, 02.2023, p. 225–241.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review