Optimising the operation of a supermarket refrigeration system under dynamic as well as steadystate conditions is addressedin thispaper. For thispurpose anappropriateperformance function that encompasses food quality, system efficiency, and also component reliability is established. The choice of setup parameters, which are necessary for system performance optimisation, depends on whether the system operates under steady state or dynamic conditions. While operating under steady state conditions, the total systemperformance is shown to predominantly be influenced by the suction pressure. The dynamic optimisation requires use of dedicated excitation signals. Amethod for designing such signals under realistic operational conditions is proposed. A derivative free optimisation technique based on Invasive Weed Optimisation (IWO) is utilised to optimise the parameters of the controllers in the system. Simulation results is used to substantiate the suggestedmethodology.
International Journal of Refrigeration, 2013, Vol 38, p. 106-117
Control; Refrigeration systems; Active system monitoring; Performance optimization; Performance assessment; Control, Refrigeration Systems, Active System Monitoring, Performance Optimazation, Performance Assessment