EVA: Complementary Modules 2019-20

Complementary modules organized by all institutions participating in the MSE.

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Title: Dynamic models for building energy management systems
Short Code: EVA_DM4BEM
ECTS Credits: 3
Organizer Details: Frank Tillenkamp (till@zhaw.ch)

33.3% Written 2h, w/o documents on 29/11/19
33.3% Written report of group work on 27/11/19
33.3% Oral presentation of group work on 29/11/19

Decision Date: 16 September 2019 
Start Date: 28 October 2019 
End Date: 29 November 2019 
Date Details:

Face to face period: 28.10.19-01.11.19
Exam: 29.11.19


Face to face lectures and tutorials (28/10/19 - 30/10/19) 24h (27%)
Accompanied exercises and mini-Project (30/10/19 - 01/11/19) 24h (27%)
Autonomous group Project (04/11/19 - 27/11/19) 42h (46%)
Total 90h (100%)



Description (max. 300 characters):

The course develops skills for modelling and problem solving for coupled heat transfer with special applications to indoor climate control.

Contents and Learning Objectives:

Face to face

Lecture module 1: thermal transfer phenomena: conduction, convection and radiation

Lecture module 2: continuous and discrete models, thermal Networks, transforming the thermal networks into state-space and transfer functions, coupling the models


Tutorial 1: Read weather data and calculate solar radiation:

1) introduction to linear algebra and tools (MATLAB, Octave);

2) use MATLAB/Octave for reading (weather) data

3) calculating the solar load

Tutorial 2: Simple wall

1) physical analysis and mathematical models

2) discretization of mathematical models

3) numerical stability 4) implementation

Tutorial 3: Simple building in free-running: controlled natural ventilation

1) physical analysis and mathematical models

2) discussion of examples 3) implementation

Tutorial 4: Simple building controlled by an HVAC system

1) physical analysis and mathematical models

2) discussion of examples 3) implementation


Accompanied individual mini-project:

model-predictive controlled single zone building


Autonomous group project:

Students define their own subject on indoor climate control:

- dynamic insulation

- dynamic solar protection

- control of floor-heating and fan coils

- influence of set-point setback

- control of intermittently heated buildings


The course is self-contained: all teaching materials are provided as PDF (bibliography, teaching materials and slides for lectures and tutorials).


- J.A. Clarke (2001) Energy Simulation in Building Design, 2nd edition, Butterworth Heinemann, ISBN 0 7506 5082 6

- G. Strang (2007) Computational Science and Engineering, Wellesley-Cambridge Press, ISBN-10 0-9614088-1-2

- C. Ghiaus (2013) Causality issue in the heat balance method for calculating the design heating and cooling load, Energy, vol. 50, pp. 292-301

- MATLAB / Octave tutorials (Learn with MATLAB and Simulink Tutorials, www.mathowirks.com and/or Octave Programming Tutorial, en.wikibooks.org


Dr. Thomas Bergmann, begm@zhaw.ch

Contact Person E-Mail: Thomas.Bergmann@zhaw.ch
Status: registration open
Specialization: Energy and Environment (EE)

Industrial Technologies (InT)


[Responsible for this text: Hans Scheitlin]