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Title: Evaluation of methods for calculating soil thermal conductivity
Authors: United States. Army. Research, Development, and Standardisation Group (U.K.)
Queen's University of Belfast. School of Civil Engineering.
Farouki, Omar.
Keywords: Frozen soils
Frozen ground
Heat transfer
Heat transmission
Soil physical properties
Soil tests
Thermal conductivity
Soil freezing
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 82-8.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: A detailed analysis of methods for calculating the thermal conductivity of soils is presented, and trends in the predictions of these methods are compared. The influence of changes in the moisture content on the calculated thermal conductivity of a soil (at constant dry density) is shown, as is the sensitivity of this calculated value to changes in dry density or in the soil solids' thermal conductivity. The methods are evaluated to determine the extent of agreement of their predictions with measured values obtained on soils of known composition and properties. The deviations of the predicted values are determined for soils that are unfrozen or frozen, coarse or fine, unsaturated, saturated or dry. The applicability of each of the methods under various conditions is determined and recommendations are made as to the best method for each condition.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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