Analytical and experimental studies of heat convection by water flow in rock fractures

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Heat transfer analysis forms a major part of the studies of hot dry rock geothermal energy systems. Heat transfer from rock mass to working fluid is through convection in rock fractures. Analytical solutions of heat convection are based on the boundary layer concept and involve the principles of heat conduction and fluid dynamics. The convective heat ttransfer coefficient is found to be a function of the thermal conductivities of rock and water, flow velocity, dynamic and kinematic viscosities, specific heat, and geometry of the rock fracture. Measurements on rock-fluid heat transfer were collected during the flow experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRock Mechanics Proceedings of the 33rd U.S. Symposium
PublisherAmerican Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)9054100451
Publication statusPublished - 1992
EventUS Symposium on Rock Mechanics 1992 - Santa Fe, United States of America
Duration: 3 Jun 19925 Jun 1992
Conference number: 33rd

Publication series

NameU.S. Symposium on Rock Mechanics


ConferenceUS Symposium on Rock Mechanics 1992
Abbreviated titleUSRMS 1992
CountryUnited States of America
CitySanta Fe

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