Architecture and energy conservation, Buildings -- Energy conservation, Buildings -- Energy consumption
A study was performed to gain an understanding of the feasibility of an Earth Coolant Tube for use in cooling and heating air for residences and industry. It was concluded that previous studies did not include the effect of coolant tube depth or coolant tube operation over long periods of time. A numerical methods approach using finite difference form of the general energy conduction equation was used to evaluate these effects. It was concluded that a coolant tube 1 foot in diameter and 100 feet long could provide as much as 1/6 ton of refrigeration for a 4 month time period. It was also concluded that for coolant tube performance. This study also presents estimates on expected rates of energy transfer for coolant tubes, and recommends a simplified approach for designing coolant tubes.
Bishop, Patricia J.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Bowman, W. Jerry, "Examination of the Feasibility of an Earth Coolant Tube to Provide Residential Space Cooling" (1982). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 611.