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


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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