Special Issue "Advancements in Thermal and Energy Geotechnics"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Geo-Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Sherif L. Abdelaziz
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Guest Editor
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA.
Interests: Thermal and energy geotechnics; Energy foundations; Soil improvement; Multiscale soil behavior from microstructure to large-scale; Coupled phenomena in earth materials; Resilient infrastructure

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue of Energies covers the latest advancements in thermal and energy geotechnics including, among others, carbon sequestration, hydraulic fracturing for energy and gas extractions, deep geological repositories for nuclear waste, site investigations and foundation design for wind turbines, frozen soils, and energy foundations and geo-structures. The topics of interest extend from fundamental and theoretical knowledge to practical and filed-scale tests. Articles in a wide variety of topics will be considered for publications including, but not limited to: thermomechanical behaviour of earth materials (soils and rocks) across the length- and time-scales, thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical response of soils and rocks, innovative site characterizations and design methods for the foundations of offshore wind turbines, behaviour of energy foundations, advances in predicting the behaviour of frozen soils, and mechanisms underlying hydraulic fracturing of deep geological deposits. Comprehensive review articles are also welcomed. Innovative numerical models, laboratory tests, or field experiments are of interest. Contact the Guest Editor with an abstract to determine suitability of your idea(s) to this edition and potential discounts for publication fees.

Prof. Dr. Sherif L. Abdelaziz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Energy foundation
  • Geothermal
  • Multiscale behavior
  • Renewable energy
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Coupled phenomenon
  • Thermomechanical
  • Energy pile
  • Thermo-active
  • Energy
  • Shale-gas
  • Fracking
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Wind energy
  • Frozen soils

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Strength Tests of Hardened Cement Slurries for Energy Piles, with the Addition of Graphite and Graphene, in Terms of Increasing the Heat Transfer Efficiency
Energies 2021, 14(4), 1190; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14041190 - 23 Feb 2021
Abstract
The development of civilization, and subsequent increase in the number of new buildings, poses engineering problems which are progressively more difficult to solve, especially in the field of geotechnics and geoengineering. When designing new facilities, particular attention should be paid to environmental aspects, [...] Read more.
The development of civilization, and subsequent increase in the number of new buildings, poses engineering problems which are progressively more difficult to solve, especially in the field of geotechnics and geoengineering. When designing new facilities, particular attention should be paid to environmental aspects, and thus any new facility should be a passive building, fully self-sufficient in energy. The use of load-bearing energy piles could be a solution. This article presents research on the cement slurry formulas with the addition of graphite and graphene, that can be used as a material for load-bearing piles. The proposed solution is to introduce U-tubes into the pile to exchange heat with the rock mass (the so-called energy piles). A comparison of four slurry formulas is presented: the first one consisting mainly of cement (CEM I), graphite, and water, and the remaining three with different percentages of graphene relative to the weight of dry cement. The results could contribute to the industrial application of those formulas in the future. Full article
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