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Soil thermal responses around a field-scale energy pile


This paper presents the results of field and numerical studies on the soil thermal response around a field-scale energy pile. The investigation focuses on the effect of monotonic heating, monotonic cooling, and daily cyclic heating/cooling of the energy pile on the soil thermal response. The soil temperature changes are found to be highest near the edge of the energy pile and reduce with increasing radial distance for all operating modes. The cyclic temperature changes of the energy pile impose lower ground temperature changes compared to monotonic temperature changes due to frequent ground thermal recoveries during each thermal cycle. The soil zone experiencing radial thermal influence is also smaller for cyclic temperature changes of the energy pile. The results generally indicate that cyclic heating/cooling of the energy pile will improve geothermal energy utilization with lower thermal impacts on the ground for long term operations of ground source heat pumps.

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