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Vasilyev G.P.,INSOLAR INVEST | Peskov N.V.,Moscow State University | Lichman V.A.,INSOLAR INVEST | Gornov V.F.,INSOLAR INVEST | Kolesova M.V.,INSOLAR INVEST
Thermal Engineering (English translation of Teploenergetika) | Year: 2015

The mathematical models laid down in the new blocks of the INSOLAR.GSHP.12 software system simulating unsteady operating conditions of ground-source heat-pump (GSHP) heat supply systems are presented. The new model blocks take into account the effect the freezing of porous moisture in soil has on the GSHP system performance efficiency. Illustration is given to the need of taking into account the porous moisture freezing/thawing processes in soil, and the results from investigations devoted to the opening possibilities of constructing adaptive GSHP systems with controlled intensity of heat transfer in the soil-thermal well system are presented. The development of software simulating the porous moisture phase state variation processes in soil was preceded by development of mathematical equations representing the thermal conditions of soil body involving porous moisture freezing/thawing processes. A description of these equations is also given in the article. In constructing the mathematical model, the notion “effective thermal conductivity” of soil was introduced for taking into account the latent heat of phase transition that releases during the freezing of moisture. The above-mentioned effective thermal conductivity of soil involves two components: the soil thermal conductivity coefficient itself and an additional term modifying the thermal conductivity value for taking into account the influence of phase transition. For quantitatively evaluating the soil effective thermal conductivity component that takes into account the influence of phase transition, the soil freezing zone radius around the thermal well was determined. The obtained analytic solutions have been implemented in the form of computer program blocks, after which a “numerical experiment” was carried out for estimating the effect the porous moisture freezing/thawing processes have on the soil thermal conditions. It was demonstrated during that experiment that the soil thermal conductivities determined without taking the porous moisture freezing/thawing phase transitions can differ from those determined with taking these transitions into account by a factor of 2 or more. A conclusion has been drawn from these findings about the importance of taking the phase transition phenomena into account in modeling the parameters of thermal wells and of the GSHP system as a whole. © 2015, Maik Nauka-Interperiodica Publishing, all rights reserved. Source


Vasilyev G.P.,INSOLAR INVEST | Peskov N.V.,Moscow State University | Lichman V.A.,INSOLAR INVEST | Gornov V.F.,INSOLAR INVEST | Kolesova M.V.,INSOLAR INVEST
Thermal Engineering (English translation of Teploenergetika) | Year: 2015

The mathematical model describing unsteady thermal operating conditions of ground-source heat-pump (GSHP) heat supply systems that takes into account porous moisture condensation/evaporation processes and that is laid down in the basis of the corresponding block of the INSOLAR.GSHP.12 software system is considered. The results of numerical and laboratory experiments confirming that the GSHP performance efficiency depends essentially on the phase transition processes of moisture contained in the soil strata porous space are presented. The problem of correctly taking into account the heat of porous moisture condensation/evaporation phenomena in simulating the thermal processes occurring in the soil strata surrounding GSHP thermal wells is considered. A mathematical description of porous moisture condensation/evaporation processes for a vertical thermal well in the cylindrical coordinate system is given. A numerical experiment on estimating the effect the porous moisture condensation/evaporation processes have on the soil thermal conditions was carried out after the mathematical model had been implemented in a software block. The presented results obtained from the performed numerical experiment show that the temperature levels of soil adjacent to the thermal well determined with and without taking the heat of porous moisture condensation processes may differ from each other by more than 3°C. The results from experimentally approbating the application of a so-called effective soil thermal conductivity coefficient that takes into account the latent heat of porous moisture phase transitions in soil in modeling the GSHP thermal operating conditions are presented. The results of the performed experiments show that porous moisture phase transitions may have a very significant influence on the effective thermal conductivity of soil. The effective thermal conductivity values of soil may differ from each other by several times depending on the soil system operating conditions. © 2015, Maik Nauka-Interperiodica Publishing, all rights reserved. Source

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