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Modelica Buildings library

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The Modelica Buildings library is a free open-source library with dynamic simulation models for building energy and control systems. The library contains models for

  • air-based HVAC systems,
  • chilled water plants,
  • water-based heating systems,
  • controls,
  • heat transfer among rooms and the outside,
  • multizone airflow, including natural ventilation and contaminant transport,
  • single-zone computational fluid dynamics coupled to heat transfer and HVAC systems,
  • data-driven load prediction for demand response applications, and
  • electrical DC and AC systems with two- or three-phases that can be balanced and unbalanced.

The primary use of the library is for flexible and fast modeling of building energy and control systems to accelerate innovation leading to cost-effective very low energy systems for new and existing buildings. The library is particularly suited for

  • rapid prototyping of new building systems,
  • analysis of the operation of existing building systems,
  • development, specification, verification and deployment of building controls within a model-based design process, and
  • reuse of models during operation for functional testing, for verification of control sequences, for energy-minimizing controls, fault detection and diagnostics.
Expertise Required: 

Modelica expertise is needed.

Audience: 

Researchers, control providers, manufacturers, designers, students.

Input: 

Text-based input, graphical model editor

Output: 

Graphical time series and output file in matlab or csv file format.

Strengths: 

Virtual rapid prototyping, including model use during operation.
Multi-physics, combining buildings, HVAC, pollutant transport, electrical systems and supervisory and local loop controls.
Capable to model supervisory and local loop control sequences.
Open-source and extendable by user.
Models can be exported for reuse in other applications using the Functional Mockup Interface standard.

Country: 
USA
Major Capabilities: 
Whole Building Energy Simulation
Air Flow Simulation
Building Type: 
Subsystem Level
Commercial
Residential
Multi Family
Industrial
District Scale
Keywords: 
Modelica
Language: 
English
Platform: 
Linux
Windows
Mac OS X
Pricing: 
Free
Help and Support: 
Free Email Support
Peer Support Forum
Last Software Update: 
13 July 2015
Last Entry Update: 
23 September 2018
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