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3D thermal climate monitoring in factory buildings

Author: Posselt, G. · Booij, P.S. · Thiede, S. · Fransman, J.E. · Driessen, B.J.F. · Herrmann, C.
Source:22nd CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, LCE 2015; University of New South Wales (UNSW)Sydney; Australia; 7-9 April 2015, 29, 98-103
Procedia CIRP
Identifier: 527968
doi: doi:10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.178
Keywords: Energy · Computational fluid dynamics · Energy efficiency · Factory · Hvac · Monitoring · Real-time · Wireless sensor network · Air conditioning · Balloons · Buildings · Climate control · Fluid dynamics · Industrial plants · Life cycle · Climate monitoring · Local temperature · Time dependent variations · Ventilation and air conditioning · Energy Efficiency · Energy / Geological Survey Netherlands · Observation, Weapon & Protection Systems · DSS - Distributed Sensor Systems · TS - Technical Sciences


Guaranteeing defined conditions, such as the temperature levels inside the factory's building shell, is often important to produce high-quality products. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, as part of the technical building services, is energy intensive and accounts for a major share of the factory's energy demand. For an effective utilisation, the HVAC system control has to compensate time dependent variations of building-internal loads and demands as well as changing weather conditions that can cause local temperature differences. In this paper, a computational fluid dynamic model, coupled with a wireless sensor network, is presented that allows the estimation of the temperature and air flows at every position in the factory building, in real-time. This can then be used to improve control strategies of HVAC systems towards a more energy efficient and demand oriented climate conditioning within factory building shells. © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.