Decentralized controller analysis and design for multi-evaporator vapor compression systems

Justin P. Koeln, Andrew G Alleyne

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The high degree of coupling in multi-evaporator vapor compression systems (ME-VCSs) makes independent control of the cooling capacity for each evaporator difficult. This paper examines the sources of coupling in these systems and the importance of this coupling when making control decisions. Structured singular value (SSV) analysis is used to quantify the degree of coupling in relation to the diagonal dominance of these systems. A 5-evaporator system model is used to demonstrate this analysis and shows that these systems are not diagonally dominant, suggesting poor decentralized control performance when individually controlling both cooling capacity and superheat. However, SSV analysis is used to show that decentralized control is capable of controlling cooling capacity if superheat is not included in the feedback. Both centralized and decentralized model predictive control (MPC) architectures were developed to verify the findings of the SSV analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2013 American Control Conference, ACC 2013
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 11 2013
Event2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013 - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: Jun 17 2013Jun 19 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2013 1st American Control Conference, ACC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityWashington, DC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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