An Expert System for the Design of Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Expert systems are computer programs that seek to mimic human reason. An expert system shelf, a software program commonly used for developing expert systems in a relatively short time, was used to develop a prototypical expert system for the design of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning HVAC systems in buildings. Because HVAC design involves several related knowledge domains, developing an expert system for HVAC design requires the integration of several smaller expert systems known as knowledge bases. A menu program and several auxiliary programs for gathering data, completing calculations, printing project reports, and passing data between the knowledge bases are needed and have been developed to join the separate knowledge bases into one simple-to-use program unit. Keywords Cybernetics, Expert systems, HVAC, Air conditioning equipment, Heating, Ventilation.