E3S Web Conf.
Volume 205, 20202nd International Conference on Energy Geotechnics (ICEGT 2020)
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Issues Related to Energy Piles|
|Published online||18 November 2020|
Mechanical response of a thermal micro-pile installed in stratified sedimentary soil
1 Department of Civil Engineering, UENF, Av. Alberto Lamego 2000 - CCT, Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro
2 University of California San Diego, Department of Structural Engineering. La Jolla, CA, USA
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Data regarding the behavior of thermal piles in tropical countries is not as readily available as those in European or other temperate climate regions, where most applications are directed toward extracting heat from the subsurface. Similarly, a deep understanding of thermal piles constructed using the micropile technique has not been obtained. In micropiles, the installation process can disturb the surrounding soil, especially at the tip. This paper presents the results from a set of thermal response tests (TRT) performed on a 12 m-long instrumented thermal micro-pile installed in a sedimentary tropical soil. Vibrating wire strain gauges were installed in order to assess the mechanical performance of the pile when subject to thermal loads. Results indicate that the temperature distribution with depth is far from being homogeneous through the entire length of the pile. The resulting induced strains are strongly dependent on the subsoil conditions.
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