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Combining different validation techniques for continuous software improvement - Implications in the development of TRNSYS 16

Kummert, M. and Bradley, D.E. and McDowell, T.P. (2004) Combining different validation techniques for continuous software improvement - Implications in the development of TRNSYS 16. In: Proceedings of the IBPSA-Canada Bi-Annual Conference, eSIM 2004. IBPSA.

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Validation using published, high quality test suites can serve to identify different problems in simulation software: modeling and coding errors, missing features, frequent sources of user confusion. This paper discusses the application of different published validation procedures during the development of a new TRNSYS version: BESTEST/ASHRAE 140 (Building envelope), HVAC BESTEST (mechanical systems) and IEA ECBCS Annex 21 / SHC Task 12 empirical validation (performance of a test cell with a very simple mechanical system). It is shown that each validation suite has allowed to identify different types of problems. Those validation tools were also used to diagnose and fix some of the identified problems, and to assess the influence of code modifications. The paper also discusses some limitations of the selected validation tools.