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Scalable-detail modular models for simulation studies on energy efficiency

Marco Bonvini
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Alberto Leva
Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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Published in: Proceedings of the 8th International Modelica Conference; March 20th-22nd; Technical Univeristy; Dresden; Germany

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 63:6, p. 39-47

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Published: 2011-06-30

ISBN: 978-91-7393-096-3

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


Simulation is widely used to assess and/or improve the energy efficiency of both existing and new buildings. Such an analysis has to account for heterogeneous phenomena efficiently; to manage components in a modular manner; and (which is seldom addressed in a structured way) to scale the detail level in all or part of the model; based on the particular simulation goal. In this manuscript; a proposal is formulated on how to structure a Modelica library so as to satisfy such a need.


Building simulation; energy optimisation; object-oriented modelling; modular modelling; scalable detail


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