Optimal Control of a General Environmental Space

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M. A. Townsend

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

D. B. Cherchas

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A. Abdelmessih

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 108(4), 330-339 (Dec 01, 1986) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3143803 History: Received August 14, 1984; Online July 21, 2009


This study considers the optimal control of dry bulb temperature and moisture content in a single zone, to be accomplished in such a way as to be implementable in any zone of a multi-zone system. Optimality is determined in terms of appropriate cost and performance functions and subject to practical limits using the maximum principle. Several candidate optimal control strategies are investigated. It is shown that a bang-bang switching control which is theoretically periodic is a least cost practical control. In addition, specific attributes of this class of problem are explored.

Copyright © 1986 by ASME
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