A new computational modeling to predict the behavior of Earth-Air Heat Exchangers

Brum, Ruth da Silva; Vaz, Joaquim; Rocha, Luiz Alberto Oliveira; Santos, Elizaldo Domingues dos; Isoldi, Liércio André


The use of renewable energy sources to improve the thermal conditions of built environments and hencedecreasing the consumption of conventional energy is an important aspect to design a sustainable build-ing. Within this context, it is possible to harness the solar energy that reaches the Earth’s surface andis stored by the soil as thermal energy. To do so, the Earth-Air Heat Exchanger (EAHE) device can beemployed, consisting of a buried duct through which the external ambient air is insufflated. The flowingair exchanges heat with surround soil, and leaves the device with a milder temperature compared to itsinput temperature. The main goal of this work was to present a new computational modeling to predictthe thermal behavior of EAHE. This new numerical model has the advantage of needing a lower com-putational effort, allowing the study about the influence of operational and constructive parameters, aswell as, the application of geometric optimization methods in EAHE. A case study was developed whereinfluence of the installation depth in the thermal potential of an EAHE was investigated. The results arein agreement with those found in literature; however they were obtained with a reduction in processingtime of almost 45%.

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