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Frequency-Domain Identification of a Ventilated Room for MPC


D. Sturzenegger, Dominik Keusch, Leonardo Muffato, Dominique Kunz, R. S. Smith

IFAC World Congress on Automatic Control, Cape Town, South Africa, pp. 593-598

Efficient and accurate modeling techniques have become increasingly important in the context of model predictive control (MPC) for building automation. For modeling single-input single-output systems such as a ventilated room (with either constant air flow or constant supply temperature), system identification methods are promising and provide insight into the physical nature of these systems. In collaboration with the company SAUTER an office type test room was instrumented for experiments. Three models for the room were derived: i) an empirical transfer function estimate (ETFE) derived from a pseudo-random binary sequence input signal; ii) an ETFE derived from a relay feedback approach; iii) a physics based resistance-capacitance (RC) model. Using additional validation data, the different models and approaches were compared in terms of accuracy and efficiency. The effect of air mixing dynamics was demonstrated in an additional experiment to be one of the main differences between the experimentally identified and the RC model. An additional pole can be added to the RC model in order to compensate for the differences.


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@InProceedings { StuEtal:2014:IFA_4566,
    author={D. Sturzenegger and Dominik Keusch and Leonardo Muffato and Dominique Kunz and R. S. Smith},
    title={{Frequency-Domain Identification of a Ventilated Room for
    booktitle={IFAC World Congress on Automatic Control},
    address={Cape Town, South Africa},
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