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Shallow Horizontal GCHP Effectiveness in Arid Climate Soils

Abstract Ground coupled heat pumps (GCHPs) have been used successfully in many environments to improve the heating and cooling efficiency of both small and large scale buildings. In arid climate regions, such as the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area, where the air condi-tioning load is dominated by cooling in the summer, GCHPs are difficult to install and operate. This is because the nature of soils in arid climate regions, in that they are both dry and hot, renders them particularly ineffective at dissipating heat.

The first part of this thesis addresses applying the SVHeat finite element modeling soft-ware to create a model of a GCHP system. Using real-world data from a prototype solar-water heating system coupled with a ground-source heat ex... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor North, Timothy (Author) / Kavazanjian, Ed (Advisor) / Redy, T. Agami (Committee member) / Zapata, Claudia (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Civil engineering / Sustainability / Energy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 81 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Civil Engineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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