Simulation Speed Analysis and Improvements of Modelica Models for Building Energy Simulation

Simulation Speed Analysis and Improvements of Modelica Models for Building Energy Simulation

TitleSimulation Speed Analysis and Improvements of Modelica Models for Building Energy Simulation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFilip Jorissen, Michael Wetter, Lieve Helsen
Abstract

This paper presents an approach for speeding up Modelica models. Insight is provided into how Modelica models are solved and what determines the tool’s computational speed. Aspects such as algebraic loops, code efficiency and integrator choice are discussed. This is illustrated using simple building simulation examples and Dymola. The generality of the work is in some cases verified using OpenModelica. Using this approach, a medium sized office building including building envelope, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and control strategy can be simulated at a speed five hundred times faster than real time.

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LBNL-1002904