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A nonlinear model based predictive control strategy to maintain thermal comfort inside a bioclimatic building

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4 Author(s)
Castilla, M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Languages, Electron. & Robot. Res. Group, Univ. of Almeria Agrifood, La Cañada, Spain ; Alvarez, J.D. ; Normey-Rico, J.E. ; Rodriguez, F.

People usually spend most of the time inside buildings. Therefore, it is necessary to reach a tradeoff between users' comfort and energy saving. The use of appropriate control strategies can highly contribute to this purpose. This paper presents a practical nonlinear model predictive control strategy, that allows to obtain a high thermal comfort level optimizing the use of an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system. Simulation results obtained from the application of this strategy to a characteristic room of the CDdI-ARFRISOL-CIESOL building are included and commented.

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Control & Automation (MED), 2012 20th Mediterranean Conference on

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3-6 July 2012

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