A General Method to Compare Different Co-simulation Interfaces: Demonstration on a Case Study

Georg Engel*, Ajay S. Chakkaravarthy, Gerald Schweiger

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Abstract

A method is presented to compare different co-simulation interfaces. The comparison assesses user-friendliness and flexibility, computational costs and accuracy. Interfaces corresponding to different versions of loose and strong coupling are discussed. The specific implementations include the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI), the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed (BCVTB) and a Component Object Model (COM). A case study is introduced to present the method in a pedagogical way. The case study includes a compact thermal energy storage modelled in Trnsys and a heat sink modelled in Simulink. Generalizations of the method to realistic full-scale co-simulations are proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSimulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - 7th International Conference, SIMULTECH 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsTuncer Ören, Floriano De Rango, Mohammad S. Obaidat
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Italia
Pages351-365
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030014698
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event7th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, SIMULTECH 2017 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 26 Jul 201728 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume873
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications, SIMULTECH 2017
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period26/07/1728/07/17

Keywords

  • BCVTB
  • Co-simulation
  • Compact thermal energy storage
  • FMI
  • Simulink
  • Trnsys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Engel, G., Chakkaravarthy, A. S., & Schweiger, G. (2019). A General Method to Compare Different Co-simulation Interfaces: Demonstration on a Case Study. In T. Ören, F. D. Rango, & M. S. Obaidat (Eds.), Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - 7th International Conference, SIMULTECH 2017, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 351-365). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 873). Springer-Verlag Italia. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01470-4_19