Title: Process control strategy and its impact on performance of the cold box of guarded hot box test facility for U-value measurement

Authors: Debasish Chowdhury; Rajesh Chatterjee; Subhasis Neogi

Addresses: School of Energy Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032, India ' School of Energy Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032, India ' School of Energy Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata-700032, India

Abstract: Overall heat transfer coefficient or thermal transmission coefficient or U-value is an important tool for thermal characterisation of any building material. The guarded hot box test facility is used for evaluation of U-value of any material. In this paper a detailed insight has been given into the overall control strategy to be implemented for maintaining a constant low temperature inside the cold box of a guarded hot box test facility. Thereafter impacts of varying control parameters of the controller on the overall system performance have also been given.

Keywords: guarded hot box; test facility; cold box; proportional integral derivative; PID control; process control; U-value measurement; heat transfer coefficient; thermal characterisation; building materials; constant low temperature.

DOI: 10.1504/IJETP.2016.075675

International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy, 2016 Vol.12 No.2, pp.181 - 196

Available online: 24 Mar 2016 *

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