Improved Design Methods for Ground Heat Exchangers
Grundmann, Rachel Marie
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As public awareness about energy conservation grows, so too does interest in alternative energy sources. Geothermal energy is an alternative energy source which consumers can access by installing a ground source heat pump (GSHP) system in the place of standard heating and cooling systems. A GSHP system can provide both heating and cooling and consists of one or more heat pumps, a ground heat exchanger (GHE), and circulating pumps. The GHE provides the heat source for heating and the heat sink for cooling. It is made up of a series of pipes installed in the ground in horizontal trenches or vertical bores. These pipes are filled with a working fluid that transfers heat to a building from the ground and vice versa. Specifying the appropriate size for the GHE is a key portion of the design for a GSHP system. The purpose of this study is to improve the design methods for ground heat exchangers by adding to and improving the GLHEPro design tool. A series of new models have been added to the program including � A finite line source model (FPFLS model) for modeling combinations of up to 30 inclined or vertical boreholes.� A method for calculating short circuiting resistance in vertical and inclined boreholes.� A method for modeling and sizing groundwater filled single U-tube boreholes.� A new global ground temperature database.� A Horizontal borehole model for straight trenches and horizontal slinky GHEImprovements to the g-function interpolation methods were also applied.It was found that these new models provided reasonable results and significant new features to GLHEPro V5.0. Several of the models implemented were previously validated: ground temperature model and the g-functions (temperature response functions) of the slinky model. A validation for the FPFLS model is included.
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