SIMBAD Building and HVAC Toolbox

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Performs transient simulations of HVAC plants with short time steps. SIMBAD Building and HVAC Toolbox is the first HVAC toolbox for the MATLAB/Simulink environment. The toolbox provides a large number of ready to use HVAC models and related utilities to perform dynamic simulation of HVAC plants. This toolbox, in connection with other existing toolboxes (Neural network, fuzzy logic, optimisation...), offers a powerful and efficient tool for design and test of controllers. Screen Shots

Keywords

transient simulation, control, integrated control, control performance, graphical simulation environment, modular, system analysis, HVAC

Validation/Testing

N/A

Expertise Required

Knowledge of graphical simulation environments. Knowledge of Matlab/Simulink is a plus.

Users

Worldwide (universities, research institutes, control manufacturers/control department of HVAC manufacturers).

Audience

The tool is primarily intended to those involved in control of HVAC systems (Building Automation Systems, terminal control...).

Input

Building geometry (or use of representative buildings), thermal characteristics, internal loads and schedules, heating and cooling equipment and system characteristics, use of included weather data or imported in ASCII format.

Output

User-definable. Data can be visualised online (graphically), or stored in files to be retrieved for post processing in spreadsheets.

Computer Platform

PC (Pentium) and requires MATLAB 6.1 and Simulink 4.0 or above. These licences are to be purchased from The Mathworks Inc.

Programming Language

Matlab, Simulink, C-language

Strengths

The tool is dedicated to the development and test of control algorithms or of prototypes of controllers linked to the PC via a data acquisition system (real time simulation).

Weaknesses

The toolbox does not currently offer a fully multi-zone building (planned for version 4.0).

Contact

Company:

CSTB (French Center for Building Sciences)

Address:

84 Avenue Jean Jaures
Champ Sur Marne
77421 Marne la Vallee cedex 02
France

Telephone:

+33 (1) 64 68 83 18

Facsimile:

+33 (1) 64 68 83 50

E-mail:

simbad@cstb.fr

Website:

http://ddd.cstb.fr/simbad

Availability

Full price of SIMBAD Toolbox: 3000 Euro. Research centres and universities have a 50% discount. Email support is provided for the use of the Toolbox. Training sessions can be organised at the request of users. Updates of the toolbox are provided for free up to version 4.0.