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Effect of temperature and initial state on variation of thermal parameters of fine compacted soils

Abstract : Soil thermal properties are needed in specific engineering applications, such as the design of high-level radioactive waste disposal, buried power transmission cables and geothermal systems. The propagation of the heat flow in a soil exposed to a temperature gradient is based on three main soil thermal properties: the thermal conductivity (λ), the thermal capacity (C) and the thermal diffusivity (α = λ/C). The temperature variations affect the physical properties of soil, inducing changes in its thermal properties. In this study, the evolution of thermal properties of different compacted soils exposed to cyclic temperature variations were investigated through laboratory tests. The results showed that at 20 °C, the thermal conductivity of the compacted soils increased on the dry side of the compaction curve until it reached a maximum near the optimum water content. Variation of λ in a temperature range of 1–20 °C was not shown, but a slight increase of λ was measured in the range of 20–40 °C, which was clearly confirmed in the range of 40–70 °C. The application of cyclic temperature variations to the samples showed partially reversible evolution of thermal conductivity and totally reversible evolution of volumetric heat capacity.
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Ahmed Boukelia, S. Rosin-Paumier, Hossein Eslami, Farimah Masrouri. Effect of temperature and initial state on variation of thermal parameters of fine compacted soils. European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering, Taylor & Francis, 2017, 23 (9), pp.1125-1138. ⟨10.1080/19648189.2017.1344144⟩. ⟨hal-01717778⟩



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