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Does MLE+ use BCVTB?

asked 2019-04-10 07:51:01 -0500

Aswath gravatar image

I am using external interface in EnergyPlus to connect EnergyPlus idf file with Matlab scripts. At present I am making use of the Matlab toolbox MLE+. I would like to know if MLE+ uses or requires BCVTB? If yes, in what way is MLE+ different from BCVTB? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using MLE+ than using BCVTB when connecting EnergyPlus with Matlab?

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In addition to the pro’s and con’s which are already mentioned:

An advantage of BCVTB is that there is more support from other users (Google groups and unmethours).

An advantage of MLE+ Is the interface and the matlab pre- and post processing functions.

I personally use BCVTB in combination with the post processing functions from MLE+. The setup within Ptolemy II doesn’t have to be too complicated (you can use an example installed with BCVTB) and the challenging part is in matlab and Energyplus.

Samuel de Vries gravatar image Samuel de Vries  ( 2019-04-22 09:55:24 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-04-15 09:35:58 -0500

MLE+ integrated and adapted source code from the BCVTB to provide a more direct coupling between Matlab and EnergyPlus. MLE+ does not require the BCVTB to be installed.

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answered 2019-04-11 06:52:07 -0500

updated 2019-04-11 06:52:46 -0500

As far as I can tell, MLE+ doesn't use BCVTB. At least, the BCVTB gui doesn't need to be used while connecting Matlab to EnergyPlus via MLE+. Note that when I used MLE+, I had already tried using BCVTB so it was already installed on the computer.

I found MLE+ easier to use than BCVTB, which had a steeper learning curve. I think that BCVTB is probably more flexible because it can also link to other software/files than just Matlab, but if all you need is co-simulation between EnergyPlus and Matlab scripts, then MLE+ should be easier to figure out. It's been a little while since I've used it though, so I won't be able to provide anything more specific off the top of my head.

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