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Near-field ground thermal response to heating of a geothermal energy pile: Observations from a field test

Singh, RM, Bouazza, A and Wang, B (2015) Near-field ground thermal response to heating of a geothermal energy pile: Observations from a field test Soils and Foundations, 55 (6). pp. 1412-1426.

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Field observations from a heating test conducted on a geothermal energy pile, containing two Osterberg cells, installed in a dense sandy material are reported. An instrumented pile and two boreholes were installed for this purpose. The pile was heated for various time intervals and the ground heat response was observed via thermocouples installed at various depths in the two boreholes. A time lag in the diffused heat wavefront arrival was consistently observed in the borehole farthest from the heat source (i.e. pile). This suggests heat diffused slowly in the ground and its intensity reduced with distance from the heat source. Heat transfer was affected by the ground stratigraphy. The pile and the ground were allowed to cool by letting heat dissipate naturally once the heating test was completed. It was found that both the pile and the ground required at least more than twice the heating time to have full thermal recovery from the heating process. A constant heat exchange rate (or heat rejection rate) of 100–125 W/m2 was achieved, despite continuous rise in temperature of the pile and the ground.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Civil Engineering
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
Bouazza, A
Wang, B
Date : December 2015
DOI : 10.1016/j.sandf.2015.10.007
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2015 Japanese Geotechnical Society. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Geothermal energy pile, Heat transfer, Heat tests, Thermal ground response
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Jul 2016 10:27
Last Modified : 04 Sep 2019 10:59

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