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Two-Dimensional Heat Transfer From Earth-Sheltered Buildings

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Moncef Krarti

Steven Winter Associates, Inc., Norwalk, CT 06854

David E. Claridge

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843

J. Sol. Energy Eng 112(1), 43-50 (Feb 01, 1990) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2930758 History: Received May 29, 1989; Revised September 08, 1989; Online June 06, 2008

Abstract

This paper describes use of the Interzone Temperature Profile Estimation (or ITPE) technique, an analytical calculation procedure to predict heat transfer within earth in contact with a structure. The solutions governing steady-state and steady-periodic heat conduction are derived for rectangular earth-sheltered buildings. The procedure accepts continuously variable values of geometric dimensions, insulation levels, and constant soil thermal characteristics and considers the presence of a finite water table level. Soil temperature profiles are shown for both steady-state and steady periodic conditions. The effects of insulation and water table depth on the heat losses from an earth-sheltered building envelope are discussed.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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