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Numerical modeling of vertical earth pipe cooling system for hot and humid subtropical climate

posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Shams Ahmed, Mohammad KhanMohammad Khan, Amanullah Maung Than Oo, Mohammad RasulMohammad Rasul, Nur HassanNur Hassan
Energy crisis is one of the major problems facing the progress of human society. There are several energy-efficient technologies that can be applied to save energy and make a sustainable environment. Passive air cooling of earth pipe cooling technology is one of them to reduce the energy consumption for hot and humid subtropical climates. The technology works with a long buried pipe with one end for intake air and the other end for providing air cooled by soil to the desired space such as residential, agricultural, or industrial buildings. It can be an attractive economical alternative to conventional cooling since there are no compressors or any customary mechanical unit. This chapter reports the performance of a vertical earth pipe cooling system for a hot and humid subtropical climatic zone in Queensland, Australia. A series of buried pipes were installed in vertical arrangement in order to increase earth pipe cooling performance. To measure the performance of the system, a numerical model was developed and simulated using the CFD software Fluent in ANSYS 15.0. Data were collected from two modeled rooms built from two shipping containers and installed at the Sustainable Precinct at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia. The impact of air temperature and velocity on room cooling performance has also been assessed. A temperature reduction of 1.82 C was observed in the room connected to the vertical earth pipe cooling system, which will save the energy cost for thermal cooling in buildings.



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Springer International Publishing

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Cham, Switzerland

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Deakin University; Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability (IRIS); School of Engineering and Technology (2013- );

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  • Yes

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