Uncertainty analysis for chiller sequencing control

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-198
Journal / PublicationEnergy and Buildings
Online published28 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


Chiller sequencing control is an essential function for a multiple-chiller plant that switches on and off chillers in terms of building instantaneous cooing load. It significantly affects both indoor temperature control (hence indoor thermal comfort) and building energy consumption. Various chiller sequencing controls have been developed and implemented in practice, and all of them switch on or off chillers according to a direct or an indirect indicator of the building instantaneous cooling load. Potential uncertainties in the direct or indirect indicator may cause the sequencing control misbehave and deteriorate the control and energy performance of the chiller plant. Until now, there is no any systematic study to investigate those uncertainties. This paper, therefore, proposes such a study. Four typical chiller sequencing controls are considered, including total cooling load-based sequencing control, return water temperature-based sequencing control, bypass flow-based sequencing control, and direct power-based sequencing control. Their uncertainty sources are identified and grouped into different categorizes. In order to facilitate the uncertainty modelling and analysis, all of those uncertainties are shifted to the load indicator of the corresponding sequencing control. Case studies are presented to show that using the proposed method of uncertainty shift and modelling the impacts of the uncertainties on the sequencing controls can be easily identified and analysed.

Research Area(s)

  • Building energy efficiency, Chiller sequencing control, Modelling, Uncertainty analysis, Uncertainty shift

Citation Format(s)

Uncertainty analysis for chiller sequencing control. / Liao, Yundan; Huang, Gongsheng; Sun, Yongjun et al.
In: Energy and Buildings, Vol. 85, 12.2014, p. 187-198.

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