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Study of the Thermal Conductivity of Different Geothermal Grouting Materials with a Homemade Apparatus

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Department of Business Administration, University of Oviedo, 33004 Oviedo, Spain
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Department of Energy, University of Oviedo, 33004 Oviedo, Spain
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Department of Mining Exploitation and Prospecting, University of Oviedo, 33004 Oviedo, Spain
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Presented at the 2nd International Research Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment (IRCSEEME), Mieres, Spain, 25–27 July 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(23), 1497; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2231497
Published: 5 November 2018
Thermal conductivity is an essential property of the geothermal grout, which in turn is considered the most important element in a vertical closed-loop ground heat exchanger. The main aim of this work is to determine the thermal conductivity of four of the most commonly used geothermal grouting materials using a homemade apparatus, developed by the research team. The tests were also performed with a commercial thermal conductivity meter, the Shotherm QTM-F1. Both the homemade apparatus, called MCT, and the commercial thermal conductivity meter are based on the transient hot wire method. The components used to make the specimens are cement, silica sand, bentonite, water and superplasticizer. A laboratory mortar mixer was used to prepare all mixtures. Later, the samples were cured in a water bath for 7 days and finally the samples were dried at 60 °C for 24 h before testing. Each of the samples tested is formed of two solid rectangular prisms of the same material and of the same dimensions (180 mm × 70 mm × 50 mm). The obtained results with the MCT apparatus are similar to the data reported in the literature and to those obtained using the Shotherm QTM-F1thermal conductivity meter. The deviations of the values measured with the MCT apparatus are, in all cases, less than 10%.
Keywords: thermal conductivity; homemade apparatus; geothermal grout thermal conductivity; homemade apparatus; geothermal grout
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Castán-Fernández, C.; Marcos-Robredo, G.; Rey-Ronco, M.Á.; Alonso-Sánchez, T. Study of the Thermal Conductivity of Different Geothermal Grouting Materials with a Homemade Apparatus. Proceedings 2018, 2, 1497.

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