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Soil Thermal Conductivity
What is Soil Thermal Conductivity
The thermal conductivity of soils is not a property routinely measured by geotechnical engineers. It is, however, a key parameter governing the behavior of heat exchange facilities utilizing the ground for heat transfer and storage. In designing new facilities or evaluating existing facilities the thermal conductivity of soils is a determining factor. In spite of this dependance, it appears that the current engineering practice of designing facilities such as ground-source heat pump installations, this critical soil parameter is simply estimated from some list of known values.
The purpose of this page is to present to the W3G community what's available about this soil property. It is our hope that this starts an interest among geotechnical engineers who can contribute to this important field.
Web Resources on Soil Conductivity
Geothermal Theory, Geothermal Reservoirs
Thermal Conductivity of Heterogeneous Materials
Thermal Properties of Materials
An in situ system for measurment of ground thermal properties
EPRI Geothermal Heat Pump Publications
Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium GeoExchange Information Center
Finite Element Analysis - TEMP/W
Geothermal Drilling and Loop Installation
Pages that fell off the edge of cyberspace while we were working on this!
Soil Thermal Conductivity Data (CEOS IDN datasets)
Treatment of Soil Thermal and Hydrological Properties
Initial preparations for this page are by Dan Hernandez
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