Pile heat exchangers have an increasing role to play in the delivery of renewable heating and cooling energy. Traditionally the thermal design of ground heat exchangers has relied upon analytical approaches which take a relatively simple approach to the inside of the heat exchanger. This approach is justified while the heat exchanger diameter remains small. However, as larger diameter piled foundations are used as heat exchangers, the transient heat transfer processes operating within the pile become more important. To increase our understanding of these processes and ultimately lead to improved thermal design approaches for pile heat exchangers it is important to examine the heat transfer within the pile in detail. To accomplish this, a new numerical approach has been implemented within the finite element software ABAQUS. Coupling of the convective heat transfer due to fluid flow within the heat transfer pipes and the heat transfer by conduction within the pile concrete is the most important facet of the model. The resulting modelling approach, which is ready to generalise to other geothermal applications and to assess thermo-mechanical couplings, has been validated against a multi-stage thermal response test carried out on a test pile in London Clay.
A new modelling approach for piled and other ground heat exchanger applications / F. Cecinato, F. Loveridge, A. Gajo, W. Powrie - In: Geotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development / [a cura di] M.G. Winter, P.J.L. Eldred, D.G. Toll. - GBR : ICE publishing, 2015. - ISBN 072776067X. - pp. 2517-2522 (( Intervento presentato al 16. convegno European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering tenutosi a Edimburgh nel 2015.
|Titolo:||A new modelling approach for piled and other ground heat exchanger applications|
CECINATO, FRANCESCO (Primo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore ICAR/07 - Geotecnica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Tipologia:||Book Part (author)|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03 - Contributo in volume|