James E. Braun

James Braun

Herrick Professor of Engineering, and Director of the Center for High Performance Buildings

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: HLAB 2034

Phone: +1 765 49-49157


  • B.S. Massachusetts, '76
  • M.S. Wisconsin, '80
  • Ph.D. Wisconsin, '88

Research Interests

  • Modeling, analysis, and control of thermal systems

Fundamental Research Area(s)

Selected Publications

Mitchell, J.W and Braun, J.E., Principles of Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning in Buildings, Wiley Inter-Science, 2012.

James, N., Braun, J.E., Groll, E.A., and Horton, W.T., "Compressor Driven Metal Hydride Heat Pumps using an Adsorptive Slurry and Isothermal Compression," In Review, Science and Technology for the Built Environment, 2015.

Cai, J., Kim, D., Jaramillo, R.C., Braun, J.E., and Hu, J., "A General Multi-Agent Control Approach for Building Energy System Optimization," to appear in Energy and Buildings, 2016.

Kim, D., Braun, J.E., Cai, J., and Fugate, D.L., "Development and Experimental Demonstration of a Plug-and-Play Multiple RTU Coordination Control Algorithm for Small/Medium Commercial Buildings," Energy and Buildings, Vol. 107, pages 279-293, 2015.

Kim, J., Tzempelikos, A., and Braun, J.E., "Review of Modeling Approaches for Passive Radiant Ceiling Cooling Systems," Vol. 8, No. 3, 145-172, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 2015.

Hengeveld, D.W., Braun, J.E., Groll, E.A., Mathison, M.A., and Williams, A. "Review of Modern Spacecraft Thermal Control Technologies", Vol. 16, No. 2, Pages 189-232, HVAC&R Research, 2010.

Li, H. and Braun, J.E. "A Methodology for Diagnosing Multiple-Simultaneous Faults in Vapor Compression Air Conditioners," HVAC&R Research, Vol. 13, No. 2, Pages 369-395, 2007

Li, H. and Braun, J.E. "Decoupling Features and Virtual Sensors for Diagnosis of Faults in Vapor Compression Air Conditioners," International Journal of Refrigeration, Vol. 30, No. 3, Pages 546-564, 2007.

Chaturvedi, N. and Braun, J.E. "An Inverse Gray-Box Model for Transient Building Load Prediction," HVAC&R Research, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 73-100, 2002.

Braun, J.E., Klein, S.A., and Mitchell, J.W., "Effectiveness Models for Cooling Towers and Cooling Coils," ASHRAE Transactions, Vol. 95, Part 2, pp. 164-174, 1989.