Retrofit Analysis of HVAC Systems Using Artificial Neural Networks

Open Access
Author:
Anand, Anish
Graduate Program:
Architectural Engineering
Degree:
Master of Science
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
March 24, 2014
Committee Members:
  • Stephen James Treado, Thesis Advisor
  • William P Bahnfleth, Thesis Advisor
  • James Freihaut, Thesis Advisor
Keywords:
  • HVAC
  • Artificial Nerual Networks
  • Retrofit analysis
  • empirical modeling
Abstract:
This thesis aims to explore the benefits of retrofits applied to the compressor and burner in the AC and furnace respectively and how best to analyze these retrofits using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN)as an empirical model to quantify the savings associated with the retrofit. ANN is a statistical approach modeled after the central nervous system found in animals, characterized by its machine learning and pattern recognition capabilities.