Decomposition of the Radiation Components  Last update: Oct. 2016 
Glossary  In HelioClim3  In HelioClim1  Other models  Bibliography  Equations
1. Glossary


2. In HelioClim3
 Starting point: the 15 min Global Horizontal Irradiation data (GHI_15min). Case of HC3. DHI_15min: The model used to compute DHI_15min depends on the version of HelioClim3 you consider. Computation over a tilted or normal plane: The model to compute the diffuse part of the radiation over an inclined surface is Muneer (1990). (Reminder: ESRA (2000): eq. 3.6.5a to eq. 3.6.7b, pp:142143). Then, a temporal aggregation is performed if requested by the user and the components are summed up to formed the Global fraction. NB: since Apr. 2013, the algorithm of Muneer computes the DTI with or without horizon. 
3. In HelioClim1
 Starting point: the daily Global Irradiation data over the horizontal plane (GHI_d). Case of HC1. DHI_d: The equation 6 of Erbs, Klein and Duffie (1982) is used to assess the diffuse fraction from the daily global irradiation values over the horizontal plane (GHI_d), or more precisely from the Clearness Index Kt GHI_min:CollaresPeirera and Rabl (1979). A large number of application fields required an intraday time step for the irradiation values. But as it is often the case with archived data, the irradiation values are limited to monthly or daily values. 
DHI_min: the algorithm of Liu and Jordan (1960), described in the ESRA (2000), permits to assess the hourly (or on smaller time intervals) diffuse fraction from the global irradiance. ESRA 2000: eq 3.5.25 and eq 3.5.26 p129
DTI_min: The algorithm of Muneer (1990) is exploited to extract the proportion of diffuse radiation collected by any inclined surface. At the origin, this model has been defined on a hourly basis. Nevertheless, it can be extended to an interval of time lower than the hour since it uses Kc. ESRA (2000): eq. 3.6.5a to eq. 3.6.7b, pp:142143
BTI_min: the direct (Beam) component computation over the inclined surface is based on pure geometry, directly obtained from the BHI
RTI_min: the reflected component is a fonction of the GHI_min, the albedo and of the tilt of the plane (similar to the proportion of sky seen by the tilted surface): RTI_min = GHI_min*albedo*(1cos(tilt))/2
Then, temporal aggregation is performed if requested by the user and the components are summed up to formed the Global fraction.
NB: since Apr. 2013, the algorithm of Muneer can compute the DTI with or without horizon.
4. Other models
Several other models exists to compute DTI from DHI. Among them, the most popular is Perez et al. 1987. This approach is similar to the one of Muneer 1990, since it exploits an anisotrope representation of the sky vault decomposing the sky in 3 zones: the diffuse "horizon", the diffuse "circumsolar" and the diffuse "isotrope" to represent the rest of the sky. The only difference resides in the use of different empirical functions, i.e. the parameters to describe the models have been estimated using different cases. There is no scientific or physical demonstration that would prefer one method from the other one.
The model described in Perez et al. 1987 is a simplification of the model of radiance of Perez et al. 1993, which proposes an analogical distribution of the sky. This approach is classic for daylighting applications, but not really for radiation. Moreover, as the numerical implementation of this model implies to decompose the sky into a very high number of very small elements, the code is very long to run and return a result, which is not suitable for an operational exploitation.
5. Bibliography
Main publications are: Erbs 1980, Erbs, Klein and Duffie, 1982, ESRA 2000, Muneer 1990, Perez and Seals 1987, and Perez et al. 1993.
Full references are available on the "publication" page.
6. Equations
Erbs, Klein and Duffie (1982), eq 6.  
CollaresPeirera and Rabl (1979)  
Liu and Jordan (1960)  
Muneer (1990) 