A robust prediction model approach to energy geo-structure design
Nikolas Makasis, Guillermo A Narsilio, Asal Bidarmaghz
COMPUTERS AND GEOTECHNICS | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2018
Energy geo-structures, such as piles or retaining walls, provide geothermal space heating and cooling, in addition to their structural purposes. The thermal design of these structures is undertaken on a case by case basis, commonly using costly finite element simulations, especially for complex geometries. This work introduces a simple but robust prediction methodology that can be used alongside such simulations to significantly reduce computational time and resources for the analysis of any energy geo-structure. An evaluation is presented and exemplified with energy diaphragm walls, for a range of geometrical and material conditions, showing insignificant prediction errors and vast computat..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)
Funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) FT140100227, The University of Melbourne, the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (via the Global University Alliance), and the Victorian Government is much appreciated.