Thermally induced mechanical response of energy piles in axially loaded pile groups

Sangseom Jeong, Hyunsung Lim, Joon Kyu Lee, Junghwan Kim

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In this study, the thermo-mechanical behavior of the energy piles in a pile group is investigated by coupled multi-physical 3D finite element analyses. The emphasis is on quantifying the changes in axial load and settlement of individual energy piles in a group subjected to combined thermo-mechanical loadings. Experimental data available in literature are used to validate the model calculation. The major influencing factors, i.e., pile spacing, pile arrangement, soil type, and end bearing condition on the energy pile response are analyzed. Based on the results obtained, it is found that the conventional thermal load causes little change in mechanical behavior of energy piles, which does not induce geotechnical failure at working load level. The observations from this study are beneficial for understanding the mechanical behavior of axially-loaded energy piles under thermal loading.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-615
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 5

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Funding Information:
The work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (Grant No. 2011-0030040 ).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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