2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Swarm Behavior to Mitigate Demand Rebound in Air Conditioning Demand Response Events

Degree Program

Mechanical Engineering, MS

Major Advisor Name

John Gardner

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster


Thermostatically Controlled Loads (TCLs) have shown great potential for Demand Response (DR) events. However, it has been commonly seen that DR events using TCLs may cause load synchronization and unwanted oscillatory effects, also known as demand rebound; demand rebound is more prone to occur in homogeneous populations. By implementing local peer to peer communication mitigation of unwanted behavior emerges from the swarm behavior. To further explore the potential for DR events, as well as the feasibility of implementation, an analysis on both stability of the system as well as design resilience study is completed.

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