Ph.D. Dissertation: L. Damon Woods (U Idaho)
INVESTIGATORS: R. BUDWIG (U IDAHO), KEVIN VAN DEN WYMELENBERG (U OREGON), ELIZABETH COOPER (U IDAHO) AND JOHN GARDNER (BSU)
SPONSOR: INTEGRATED DESIGN LAB
Systems with significant delays, such as buildings with extensive thermal mass, are particularly problematic for most traditional control schemes. Thermal overshoot and undershoot often occur, causing inefficient building operation and insufficient occupant comfort. Model Predictive Control is a technique has been proven to be well suited for this class of systems, assuming an adequate model is available on which to base the control. This project will use a combination of building energy modeling and on-site measurements to explore the impact of simplified building energy models on the efficacy of MPC for buildings with concrete floor hydronic systems.