Suichu Sun

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Charles Remund


The main objective of this research was to evaluate typical soils in terms of thermal stability through consideration of the thermal, physical and hydraulic (or water) properties of each soil. To achieve this objective, several sub-objectives were individually addressed: - Perform a theoretical analysis based on soil thermal, physical, and hydraulic (or water) properties that allows prediction of thermal instability. - Design and construct a thermal probe and test apparatus to subject soils to simulated GSHP heat exchanger operation. - Conduct thermal performance tests on selected soils and determine the effects of magnitude and length of applied thermal load, dry density and initial water content on the thermal performance of each soil. - Utilize the measured thermal performance data to verify the theoretical analysis.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Soils -- Thermal properties
Heat pumps
Heat -- Transmission




South Dakota State University



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