A Model-Based Predictive Supervisory Controller for Multi-Evaporator HVAC Systems Conference Paper uri icon


  • Multi-evaporator vapor compression cooling systems are representative of the complex, distributed nature of modern HVAC systems. Earlier research efforts focused on the development of a decentralized control architecture for individual evaporators that exploits the constraint-handling capabilities of model predictive control while regulating the pressure and cooling setpoints. This paper presents a global controller that generates the setpoints for the local controllers; this controller balances the goals of cooling zone temperature tracking with optimal energy consumption. To accommodate the inherent limitations of the system, a Model Predictive Control (MPC) based approach is used. The improved efficiency and the effects of the tuning parameters are demonstrated upon an experimental system. 2009 AACC.

name of conference

  • 2009 American Control Conference

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Elliott, M. S., & Rasmussen, B. P.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Elliott, Matthew S||Rasmussen, Bryan P

publication date

  • January 2009