A portable component model (PCM) of a ground source heat pump system was developed and used as a test case in the creating of a PCM development framework. By developing this framework, new building energy simulation models will be able to be easily integrated into existing simulation software such as EnergyPlus and the Modelica Buildings Library. Our model uses a time responsive g-function and numerical methods to simulate ground source heat pumps for single time steps as well as long time scales. We validated our model against GHESim and GLHEPro and found that our model agrees with these two standards within acceptable ranges of error. This allows for development of the PCM framework to have a functional test case for trouble shooting errors during the development process. Future work on this model to include non-uniform time steps would allow it to be used independent on other software as a standalone system.
Davies, Ryan; Mitchell, Matt; and Lee, Edwin
"A High-Speed Portable Ground Heat Exchanger Model for Use in Various Energy Simulation Software,"
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy: Vol. 11:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/mjpa/vol11/iss1/4