Knowledge Representation in the Conceptual Design Process for Building Energy Systems

  • Paul F. Monaghan
  • James G. Doheny
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This paper deals with knowledge representation of the conceptual design process for Building Energy Systems. The design problem is one of a set of problems where the ob jective is the design of a system that performs a certain function by selection and configuration of components whose characteristics and interrelationships are fixed and known. Domain, Constraint, Design, Analysis and Developing Solution knowledge are discussed in relation to the above problem. The need for heuristic design knowledge augmented by non-heuristic numerical knowledge is identified. Abstraction of knowledge into a modular and hierarchical form leads to efficient search for a design solution. This paper outlines the framework for a longer-term development of an expert system for conceptual design of Building Energy Systems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul F. Monaghan
    • 1
  • James G. Doheny
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity College GalwayGalwayIreland

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