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Short-term simulation of ground heat exchanger with an improved TRCM
- Pasquier, Philippe, Marcotte, Denis
- Renewable energy 2012 v.46 pp. 92-99
- heat, heat exchangers, heat tolerance, mathematical models, pipes, renewable energy sources, spatial distribution, temperature
- An improvement to the thermal resistance capacity model (TRCM) used to model borehole heat exchangers is presented. Here, the original model is extended to integrate the thermal capacities of the heat carrier fluid and pipe and to better account for the spacing between the pipes. Model results are compared to results provided by numerical models and show very good agreement. It is shown that the improved model brings a significant improvement for short times over the original model, allowing a rapid computation of the temperature response function at virtually any time and distance from a single borehole.