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Incipient Sensor Fault Impacts on Building Performance Through HVAC Controls: A Pilot Study...

by Yanfei Li, Piljae Im, Yeon Jin Bae, Yeobeom Yoon, Sangkeun M Lee
Publication Type
Conference Paper
Book Title
2022 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA
Publication Date
Page Numbers
225 to 233
Publisher Location
Georgia, United States of America
Conference Name
2022 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild
Conference Location
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Conference Date

Sensors are crucial input components for HVAC controls. Studies show faults are common for buidings and HVAC systems. Sensors with faults will compromise the control perfrormance regardless how advanced of the control algorithms. Majority studies assume the sensor fault to be constant the whole year. In reality, the sensor faults might evolve or develop with time, which is essentially the incipient (i.e. evolving) fault. The incipient sensor faults impacts remain a research gap. This study aims to investigate the incipient sensor fault impacts to control sequences of multi-zone VAV boxes and AHU system following the ASHRAE Guideline 36-2018: High-Performance Sequences of Operation.