Design, construction, and commissioning of building emulators for EMCS applications

Shengwei Wang, P. Haves, P. Nusgens

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A building emulator for use in HVAC control applications consists of a detailed real-time simulation of the building and HVAC plant, including the sensors and actuators, connected to a real energy management and control system, including direct digital controllers. The paper addresses the design, selection, and configuration of the hardware and software for building emulators. Different architectures are illustrated by descriptions of emulators developed by participants in an international collaborative research project. A procedure for setting up and testing building emulators is discussed, and the effect of communication time-step on different aspects of their performance is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1465-1473
Number of pages9
JournalASHRAE Transactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1994
EventProceedings of the ASHRAE Winter Meeting - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 23 Jan 199426 Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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