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A comparative study of two simulation tools for the technical feasibility in terms of modeling district heating systems: An optimization case study

  • District heating dynamic models arise as an alternative approach to in-situ experimental investigations. The main advantage of dynamic modeling and simulation is the possibility to avoid technical and operational risks that might occur during in-situ experimental investigations (e.g. heat demand is not met, damages in the energy systems etc.). Within this study, the authors present two models for an existing district heating system in Cottbus, Germany. One model is developed using the tool EBSILON Professional, while the other one is developed using the Simscape toolbox for physical modeling in Matlab/Simulink. The models were experimentally validated against measured data from the considered district heating system. The results show that the Simscape model has a better fit and better response than the EBSILON model. Yet, some discrepancies were found between the measured and the simulated data and, therefore, the uncertainties of the models were addressed. A comparative study between both tools is presented. The EBSILON models permitDistrict heating dynamic models arise as an alternative approach to in-situ experimental investigations. The main advantage of dynamic modeling and simulation is the possibility to avoid technical and operational risks that might occur during in-situ experimental investigations (e.g. heat demand is not met, damages in the energy systems etc.). Within this study, the authors present two models for an existing district heating system in Cottbus, Germany. One model is developed using the tool EBSILON Professional, while the other one is developed using the Simscape toolbox for physical modeling in Matlab/Simulink. The models were experimentally validated against measured data from the considered district heating system. The results show that the Simscape model has a better fit and better response than the EBSILON model. Yet, some discrepancies were found between the measured and the simulated data and, therefore, the uncertainties of the models were addressed. A comparative study between both tools is presented. The EBSILON models permit only unidirectional flow, whereas the Simscape toolbox permits reverse flow. Nevertheless, the EBSILON model outperforms the Simscape model in computation time. In addition, this study presents an approach for dynamic thermo-hydraulic modeling of district heating networks. This approach is utilized to examine the role of district heating networks as heat storage as an optimization configuration. The numerical results show less start-ups for additional heat sources. Yet, higher heat losses from the network are observed due to the installation of unburied pipelines.show moreshow less

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Author:Dahash, AbdulrahmanORCiD, Mieck, Sebastian, Ochs, Fabian, Krautz, Hans JoachimGND
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.simpat.2018.11.008
ISSN:1569-190X
Titel der Quelle (English):Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory
Document Type:Wissenschaftlicher Zeitschriftenartikel referiert
Language:English
Erscheinungsjahr:2019
Tag:District heating systems; Dynamic thermo-hydraulic modeling and simulation; EBSILON Professional; Heating network as heat storage; Simscape
Band / Jahrgang:91
First Page:48
Last Page:68
Institution / Subject:Fakultät 3 Maschinenbau, Elektro- und Energiesysteme / FG Kraftwerkstechnik