None to use standard package; FORTRAN knowledge helpful for developing new components.
Engineers, researchers, consulting firms, architects.
The TRNSYS input file, including building input description, characteristics of system components, manner in which components are interconnected, and separate weather data (supplied with program) are all ASCII files. All input files can be generated with a graphical user interface known as Simulation Studio. The envelope for the TRNSYS building can now be three-dimensionally created in the TRNSYS3D plugin for SketchUp™ and edited in the TRNBuild interface.
Basic output format is ASCII. The data included in those files can be life cycle costs; monthly summaries; annual results; histograms; plotting of desired variables (by time unit). It is also possible toplot variables online (as the simulation progresses).
Due to its modular approach, TRNSYS is extremely flexible for modeling a variety of energy systems in differing levels of complexity. Supplied source code and documentation provide an easy method for users to modify or add components not in the standard library; extensive documentation on component routines, including explanation, background, typical uses and governing equations; supplied time step, starting and stopping times allowing choice of modeling periods. The TRNSYS program includes a graphical interface to drag-and-drop components for creating input files (Simulation Studio), a utility for easily creating a building input file (TRNBuild), and a program for building TRNSYS-based applications for distribution to non-users (TRNEdit). Web-based library of additional components and frequent downloadable updates are also available to users. Extensive libraries of non standard components for TRNSYS are available commercially from TRNSYS distributors. TRNSYS also interfaces with various other simulation packages such as COMIS, CONTAM, EES, Excel, FLUENT, GenOpt and MATLAB.