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Desiccant wheel thermal performance modeling for indoor humidity optimal control

Wang, Nan and Zhang, Jiangfeng and Xia, Xiaohua (2013) Desiccant wheel thermal performance modeling for indoor humidity optimal control. Applied Energy.

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Abstract

Thermal comfort is an important concern in the energy efficiency improvement of commercial buildings. Thermal comfort research focuses mostly on temperature control, but humidity control is an important aspect to maintain indoor comfort too. In this paper, an optimal humidity control model (OHCM) is presented. Model predictive control (MPC) strategy is applied to implement the optimal operation of the desiccant wheel during working hours of a commercial building. The OHCM is revised to apply the MPC strategy. A case is studied to illustrate the practical applications of the MPC strategy.