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RE: [EnergyPlus_Support] parametric simulations for different materials

To me more specific, you would have:

    $ConstName,               !- Parameter Name
    Name 1,                  !- Value for run 1
    Name 2,                  !- Value for run 2
    Name 3,                  !- Value for run 3
    Name 4;                  !- Value for run 4

  Name 1,
  <layer materials>;

  Name 2,
  <layer materials>;

And, I believe whereever you want to use it:


At 10:27 AM 11/24/2010, Shady Attia wrote:

Thank you James,

I agree with you. In fact i just took a bad example, but I meant : how can I run parametric simulations for different constructions. I want to know if EP can grab the constructions as a whole or can EP only simulate particular values (U or thicknesses) ?


To: EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From: jim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:23:27 -0500
Subject: RE: [EnergyPlus_Support] parametric simulations for different materials


Dear Shady,


Insulation that is contained within a wall generally has low mass, at least low enough not to significantly affect the mass-influenced time lag through the wall system.  For that reason, I doubt that you will see a difference between modeling specific materials and just specifying different conductance values.


I think you could easily run any conductance value using the parametric processor, just as you already did for thickness.



The Building Performance Team
James V. Dirkes II, P.E., LEED AP
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Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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From: EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [ mailto:EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Shady Attia
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 11:41 AM
To: energyplus_support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [EnergyPlus_Support] parametric simulations for different materials


Thank you all,


I followed your advise and finally succeed to run parametric runs with various values.

What I did was for a variety if insulation thicknesses (2,5,7,10,12 cm).


Now, I want to try something else.


How can I run a parametric simulations of different insulation types/materials (rubber, polystrene, rockwool)


please advise,



To: EnergyPlus_Support@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
From: linda@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 17:23:45 -0700
Subject: Re: [EnergyPlus_Support] Run a series of simulations


A recent addition to EnergyPlus utiltiies -- the Parameteric preprocessor
is one way to accomplish this.
ParametricInsulation-5ZoneAirCooled.idf is in the included ExampleFiles.

Objects to look for are:

the Parametric Preprocessor is documented in the Auxiliary Programs

There are at least two other example files that use these.
Which EnergyPlus Example File has...

Two links from the installation:

Example Files Summary Sheet - highlights each example file

Example Files Link to Objects - shows the first three example files (if
that many exist) that have a particular object.

You can also accomplish parametric runs with the EPMacro preprocessor.
EP-Launch can be used in this method to run a user set number of runs.

On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:47:47 +0000, Shady Attia <chadiattia@xxxxxxxxxxx >
> Hi All,
> I am developing a simple interface for EP and I would like to include
> sensitivity analysis options in my interface. I want to allow the user
> by clicking a button, to effectuate a series of simulations for the same
> idf file but including all steps of a predefined ranged. For example, if
> the user click on the sensitivity analysis button that is associated
> insulation thickness the RunBatch will run 5 simulations using the same
> input file but changing the insulation thickness 5 times (2,5,7,10,12
> How can I do that?
> I succeed to modify single parameters in the idf file using my interface
> and then running the simulation through a RUNEP.BAT. But how can I run a
> series of parallel simulations (steps) representing the range of one
> selected parameters? how would the outcome look like? Will EP generate
> every simulation a new output file for every step?
> Please advice.
> Thanks in advance,
> Shady Attia, LEED®AP
> PhD Candidate
> Place du Levant,1
> B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
> Tél:
> +32(0)
> Fax: +32(0)


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