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The concept of jEPlus+EA is using Evolutionary Algorithms search through the design space defined by a jEPlus project. A few rules have to be followed when preparing the project.
If you are going to run simulations on the local computer, there is not any restrictions on naming of the project file. If you plan to use remote simulation, however, the rules for naming the project file, and the location of the model files must be followed:
jEPlus+EA recognizes only the first branch of the parameter tree. If your project needs to change multiple parameters synchronously, please use the combinatorial parameter syntax (see jEPlus User's Manual). The screenshots below illustrate the method.
The optimisation project only considers the IDF models and the parameters in the parameter tree as design variables. Weather files is not a design option, for obvious reasons. If multiple weather files are defined in the project, only the first one will be used in the simulations.
jEPlus+EA uses jEPlus to run simulations and extract results. The result data to be collected are controlled by the extended RVI file. Its format is explained in jEPlus User's Manual. Below is the output of the CostExample project.
The RVI file below extracts Electicity:Facility from the eplusout.eso files, and chiller capacity and construction cost from the eplusout.sql files.
eplusout.mtr eplusout.csv Electricity:Facility 0 !-sqlite ! Output file name; Column headers; SQL command ChillerCap; Chiller Nominal Capacity [W]; select Value from ComponentSizes WHERE (CompType='Chiller:Electric' AND CompName='CHILLER PLANT CHILLER' AND Description='Nominal Capacity') ConsCost; Construction Cost [$/m2]; select Value from TabularDataWithStrings WHERE (ReportName='Construction Cost Estimate Summary' AND ReportForString='Entire Facility' AND TableName='Construction Cost Estimate Summary' AND RowName='Cost Per Conditioned Building Area (~~$~~/m2)' AND ColumnName='Current Bldg. Model' AND Units='' AND RowId=10) !-end sqlite !-user spreadsheet ! Output file name; User spreadsheet file name; columns to extract (e.g. 3, 5, 6, 7) !-end user spreadsheet !-objectives ! Name of the objective; unit; formula (c0, c1, c2... are columns in the result table generated from the statements above) Electricity; kWh; c0/1000/3600 Chiller Capacity; kW; c1/1000 Construction Cost; $/m2; c2 !-end objectives
Here are the contents of SimResults.csv, ChillerCap.csv and ConsCost.csv:
# Job_ID Date/Time Electricity:Facility [J](RunPeriod) 0 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_3-P2_2-P3_6-P4_10 simdays=062 2.45006E+11 1 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_12-P2_7-P3_9-P4_7 simdays=062 2.48272E+11 2 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_26-P2_7-P3_9-P4_3 simdays=062 2.40981E+11 3 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_28-P2_9-P3_12-P4_15 simdays=062 2.56798E+11 ...
# Job_ID Reserved Chiller Nominal Capacity [W] 0 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_3-P2_2-P3_6-P4_10 198041.9565 1 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_12-P2_7-P3_9-P4_7 205437.5095 2 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_26-P2_7-P3_9-P4_3 178832.5217 3 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_28-P2_9-P3_12-P4_15 239298.8464 ...
# Job_ID Reserved Construction Cost [$/m2] 0 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_3-P2_2-P3_6-P4_10 1134.64 1 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_12-P2_7-P3_9-P4_7 1353.2 2 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_26-P2_7-P3_9-P4_3 1346.23 3 EP_G-T_0-W_0-P1_28-P2_9-P3_12-P4_15 1577.55 ...
The objective functions of the optimisation project are specified in the extended RVI file, too. The objective function definition must be placed within the block between the “!-objectives” and “!-end objectives” markers. Each objective occupies one row, and is defined with the following syntax:
<Name of the objective>; <unit>; <formula>
The formula of an object can include arithmetic calculations, math functions, and conditional tests. It is used to perform simple calculations from the model simulation results for the objective value.
Firstly, the model simulation results (data columns in the result tables described in the previous section) are referenced as C0, C1, C2 and so on. To verify the references, you can use the “Create Combined Table…” command in jEPlus to aggregate the results. In the column headers of the combined table, the variable references will be marked. The command and the result table are shown in the screenshots below.
Here are some example formulae of the objective functions.
Simple unit conversion:
Electricity; kWh; c0/1000/3600 Chiller Capacity; kW; c1/1000
Calculation from multiple columns:
Carbon Emission; kg CO2e; (c0+c1+c2/2.9)/1000/3600*0.685 + (c3+c4)/0.86/1000/3600*0.195
Conditional calculation - area-weighted mean discomfort hours in multiple zones, with a threshold of 200 hours.
Discomfort; Hours; ((c5*365.1454 + c6*42 + c7*42 + c8*42 + c9*42 + c10*37.898 + c11*365.1654 + c12*42 + c13*42 + c14*42 + c15*42 + c16*37.898)/1142.0868 > 200) * (c5*365.1454 + c6*42 + c7*42 + c8*42 + c9*42 + c10*37.898 + c11*365.1654 + c12*42 + c13*42 + c14*42 + c15*42 + c16*37.898)/1142.0868