Test buildings with TABS for MPC-performance evaluation-Comparability and system identification

Martin Felix Pichler, Gregor Goertler, Hermann Schranzhofer

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The research project (MPC-Boxes) deals with the design and construction of two test buildings (Test-Boxes), built for the purpose of performance evaluation of a model predictive controller (MPC) in comparison to a standard controller-for heating and cooling via thermally activated building systems (TABS). The paper introduces the experimental environment, investigates the thermo-physical similarity of the two Test-Boxes, and deals with system identification related aspects. A simple third order state space model (SSM) is derived from first principles. This SSM served as a basis for the derivation of a structured SSM which is facilitated for parameter estimation by means of real measurement data. The performance of the structured SSM is validated with different identification data. The cross-validation performance decreases especially for longer validation intervals, however, within the MPC relevant prediction horizon the performance is still acceptable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509025916
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2017
Event2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 29 Jun 20161 Jul 2016


Conference2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Control and Optimization


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