Abstract

Generic ground coupled heat pump systems (GCHPs) employing vertical and horizontal ground heat exchangers were analyzed to evaluate their performance in a hot, semi-arid climate. A detailed building energy simulation program was used to generate hourly thermal loads for a typical meteorological year. The peak and hourly loads were then fed into commercial GCHP simulation software to size the heat exchangers and estimate the annual energy performance. Performance was analyzed under different soil conditions and compared to the performance of a conventional air source heat pump. Unsaturated (dry) soil conditions increase the required length of the heat exchangers by approximately 33% compared to saturated soil conditions. Heat rejected to the ground under unsaturated conditions steadily increased the mean temperature in the soil adjoining the heat exchanger, degrading the energy efficiency of the system. A companion paper reports on the results of an economic analysis of the performance of these systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-393
Number of pages13
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Volume2017-November
Issue numberGSP 302
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Event2nd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils: Applications, PanAm-UNSAT 2017 - Dallas, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2017Nov 15 2017

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Heat pump systems
Heat exchangers
Soils
climate
Air source heat pumps
economic analysis
energy efficiency
simulation
energy
Economic analysis
Thermal load
Energy efficiency
software
air
heat pump
evaluation
soil condition
soil
temperature
Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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Evaluation of Ground Coupled Heat Pump Systems in a Hot and Semi-Arid Climate. / Tambe, Vaibhavi; Reddy, T Agami; Kavazanjian, Edward.

In: Geotechnical Special Publication, Vol. 2017-November, No. GSP 302, 01.01.2018, p. 381-393.

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