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Can i transmit the ventilation calculated by MATLAB to EnergyPlus to calculate the energy consumption?

asked 2018-06-24 21:09:59 -0500

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updated 2018-07-05 12:26:22 -0500

hello,everyone Can i transmit the ventilation calculated by MATLAB to EnergyPlus to calculate the energy consumption? Ventilation is calculated by reading the parameters in the meteorological document.

I mainly want to use bcvtb (or bcvtb and matlab)to realize the change in the internal ventilation of EnergyPlus. The model is running in the wrong way. image description

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answered 2018-06-26 20:30:25 -0500

updated 2018-06-26 20:30:39 -0500

Ventilation rates are specified with the DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir object in EnergyPlus.

You could write a matlab script to write out the names of the DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir objects you want to change and the new ventilation rates to a .csv file, and then apply it with the OpenStudio SDK acting on an .idf file.

For example, your matlab script writes out a .csv (ventilation.csv in the example) like this:

design_oa_name,ventilation_per_area
Office WholeBuilding - Md Office Ventilation,0.000762

In this case I'm specifying ventilation per area in units of m^3/s-m^2.

You have an initial .idf file (office.idf in the example) with an existing DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir object:

DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir,
  Office WholeBuilding - Md Office Ventilation, !- Name
  Sum,                                    !- Outdoor Air Method
  0,                                      !- Outdoor Air Flow per Person {m3/s-person}
  0.0004318,                              !- Outdoor Air Flow per Zone Floor Area {m3/s-m2}
  0,                                      !- Outdoor Air Flow per Zone {m3/s}
  0;                                      !- Outdoor Air Flow Air Changes per Hour {1/hr}

Use the OpenStudio SDK in a ruby script to change the DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir .idf objects:

require 'openstudio'
require 'csv'

# load the idf
idf_path = OpenStudio::Path.new("C:/path/office.idf")
workspace = OpenStudio::Workspace.load(idf_path)
workspace = workspace.get
design_oas = workspace.getObjectsByType("DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir".to_IddObjectType)

# load the ventilation data
ventilation_csv_path = "C:/path/ventilation.csv"
raw_data =  CSV.table(ventilation_csv_path)
ventilation_lookup = raw_data.map { |row| row.to_hash } # transform to array of hashes

# for each DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir object, lookup the new ventilation value in the .csv file and apply it if it is defined
design_oas.each do |design_oa|
  design_oa_name = design_oa.getString(0).to_s  
  row = ventilation_lookup.select{|r| r[:design_oa_name] == design_oa_name}
  if row.empty?
    puts "design oa name: #{design_oa_name} not found in lookup"
  else
    old_ventilation_per_area = design_oa.getDouble(3).to_f
    new_ventilation_per_area = row[0][:ventilation_per_area]
    design_oa.setDouble(3,new_ventilation_per_area)
    puts "Changed ventilation for #{design_oa_name} from #{old_ventilation_per_area} m3/s-m2 to #{new_ventilation_per_area} m3/s-m2"
  end
end

new_idf_path = "C:/path/office_new.idf"
workspace.save(new_idf_path,true)

office.idf now looks like:

DesignSpecification:OutdoorAir,
  Office WholeBuilding - Md Office Ventilation, !- Name
  Sum,                                    !- Outdoor Air Method
  0,                                      !- Outdoor Air Flow per Person {m3/s-person}
  0.000762,                               !- Outdoor Air Flow per Zone Floor Area {m3/s-m2}
  0,                                      !- Outdoor Air Flow per Zone {m3/s}
  0;                                      !- Outdoor Air Flow Air Changes per Hour {1/hr}

For more information on manipulating .idf files with the OpenStudio SDK, see the OpenStudio measure writing guide on EnergyPlus Measures. You may also find the SDK reference for IdfObjects helpful.

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Thanks a lot,now I mainly want to use bcvtb (or bcvtb and matlab)to realize the change in the internal ventilation of EnergyP``lus. The model is running in the wrong way.

HVAC-JAY gravatar image HVAC-JAY  ( 2018-07-05 06:57:32 -0500 )edit

The wrong hints are in my answer

HVAC-JAY gravatar image HVAC-JAY  ( 2018-07-05 07:05:02 -0500 )edit

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