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Numerical analysis for ground temperature variation
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Received: 20 February 2017
Accepted: 27 October 2017
Published: 1 November 2017
This paper aims to predict ground temperature variation with depth for time variant ambient air temperature and solar radiation data for Jamshedpur, India. Finite difference method has been used to discretise computational domain and a scheme has been employed to determine the numerical solution. The numerical results have been validated with experimental measurement of ground temperature. The diurnal temperature variation for the hottest and the coldest days and annual variation for the year 2016 have been computed. The diurnal temperature variation is found up to 0.4 m depth of soil whereas annual temperature variation is up to a depth of 4 m.
Prediction of soil temperature has important applications such as the passive heating and cooling of buildings and agricultural greenhouses. For the design of earth-to-air heat exchangers, it is necessary to know the ground temperature at different depths. The ambient air temperature and solar radiation are the main meteorological parameters for periodic variation in thermal regime of the soil. Soni et al. (2015) presented an excellent review of research in the area of earth-air heat exchangers. Mathur et al. (2016) and (2017) studied numerically and experimentally on horizontal ground couple heat exchanger.
Chandrakant (1975) studied the ground surface temperature using the heat balance equation and considering with or without soil heat flux. Khatry et al. (1978) and Moustafa et al. (1981) presented ground temperature variation with depth taking into account the periodicity of solar radiation and atmospheric temperature for Kuwait. Bhardwaj and Bansal (1981) calculated daily and annual variations of the ground temperature for dry sunlit, wet sunlit, dry shaded, and wet shaded surface conditions at New Delhi. Mihalakakou et al. (1997) and Mihalakakou (2002) estimated ground surface temperature for bare and short-grass covered soil employing Fourier analysis and validated results by measurements in Athens and Dublin. Paul et al. (2004) performed experimentation analysis of soil temperature of forest area in Australia. Holmes et al. (2008) proposed a new model for the prediction of ground surface and depth-wise temperature difference using ground flux profile. Ozgener et al. (2013) and Chow et al. (2011) measured and predicted the temperature of soil at various depths in Izmir, Turkey, and Hong Kong, respectively. Kurylyk and Macquarrie (2014) performed analytical solution for estimation of the ground temperature at different weather conditions. Chalhoub et al. (2017) predicted the soil temperature at simple heat and moisture transfer model. Hu et al. (2016) estimates soil temperature, water properties, and soil thermal properties by new Fourier series analytical-based solution. Singh and Sharma (2017) performed CFD modeling of ground temperature variation.
In the present investigation, the temperature variation of soil for dry sunlit condition has been modeled for time varying boundary conditions and compared with experimental data for Jamshedpur, India.
The effective temperature (T e) is calculated with hourly data of ambient temperature, solar radiation, and wind speed data using Eq. (4). For the time variant boundary condition, T e is taken as mean value for each hour (k = 1,2…).
Results and discussion
Figures 8 and 9 show variation of soil temperature for the hottest and coldest day respectively. As the depth of soil increases, amplitude of temperature decreases. After a depth of 0.4 m, there is no diurnal variation of soil temperature.
The present investigation reports the results of soil temperature variation with depth in Jamshedpur, India employing finite difference numerical method which is validated against experimental value. Diurnal variation of soil temperature is found up to depth of 0.4 m, whereas annual variation is up to 4 m of depth.
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