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Development and Analysis of a Predictive Control Algorithm for Embedding in a Microprocessor Controller

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Building Simulation & Optimization 2016
PublisherIBPSA England
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2016
EventBuilding Simulation and Optimization 2016: 3rd IBPSA-England Conference - Great North Museum, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Sep 201614 Sep 2016


ConferenceBuilding Simulation and Optimization 2016
Abbreviated titleBSO2106
CountryUnited Kingdom
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The aim of this paper is to develop a predictive control algorithm and compare it with thermostat based control. The approach is based on modelling thermostat based control in EnergyPlus, and creating a predictive model using Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). Thermostat based control was modelled in EnergyPlus using a simple single zone building with 42% of south glazing. Predictive model was developed as an FFT response function to heat input, thus obtaining an inverse model and applying it several time steps ahead. The heating load and predictive percentage of dissatisfied of thermostat based control and of the predictive control cases were compared. The results show that in this particular study the predictive control approach leads to just over 20% reduction of energy consumption whilst keeping similar level of thermal comfort. In addition to investigating the modelling of predictive control using Fourier series, the aim of the research is to assess the feasibility of embedding this type of control algorithm in a microprocessor controller.


Ljubomir Jankovic, ‘Development and Analysis of a Predictive Control Algorithm for Embedding in a Microprocessor Controller’, in BSO 2016 Proceedings. Paper presented at the 3rd IBPSA England Conference, Newcastle, September 2016. Content in the UH Research Archive is made available for personal research, educational, and non-commercial purposes only. Unless otherwise stated, all content is protected by copyright, and in the absence of an open license, permissions for further re-use should be sought from the publisher, the author, or other copyright holder.

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