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A Routine Thermal Response Test (TRT) for Estimating Soil Thermal Properties in Connection with Geotechnical Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 7 February 2019 / Approved: 11 February 2019 / Online: 11 February 2019 (16:13:18 CET)

How to cite: Franco, A. A Routine Thermal Response Test (TRT) for Estimating Soil Thermal Properties in Connection with Geotechnical Analysis. Preprints 2019, 2019020091 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0091.v1). Franco, A. A Routine Thermal Response Test (TRT) for Estimating Soil Thermal Properties in Connection with Geotechnical Analysis. Preprints 2019, 2019020091 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201902.0091.v1).

Abstract

The performance of ground heat exchangers systems depends on the knowledge of the thermal parameters of the ground like thermal conductivity, thermal capacity and diffusivity. The knowledge of these parameters often requires quite accurate experimental analysis, known under the name of Thermal Response Test (TRT). In this paper, after a general analysis of the various available types of TRT and the study of the theoretical basics of the method, the perspective of the definition of a simplified routine method of analysis based on the combination of a particular version of TRT and the routine geotechnical tests for the characterization of soil stratigraphy and of the ground characteristics, mandatory before the construction of a new buildings, even if limited to quite short drilling depth (lower than 30 m). The idea of developing TRT in connection with geotechnical test activity has the objective of promoting a widespread use of in-situ experimental analysis and of reducing TRT costs and time duration of the experimental analysis. The considerations exposed in the present paper lead to reconsider a particular variety of the TRT in particular the version known as Thermal Response Test while Drilling (TRTWD).

Subject Areas

Ground coupled Heat Exchangers; Thermal Response Test; Thermal conductivity; Thermal diffusivity; Geotechnical properties; Borehole heat exchangers

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