ASHRAE 1119-RP R & D Studies Applied to Standing Column Well Design

Sponsor:  ASHRAE

Investigators:  J.D. Spitler, S.J. Rees

Students:  A. Chiasson, Z. Deng

Description:  Standing column wells are used for direct (i.e. open-loop) heat exchange with the earth. The objectives of this project include studying the characteristics of standing column wells for the purposes of establishing firm guidelines for their siting and design; developing analysis tools to strengthen these guidelines and to provide the basis for computer codes which can supply ready prediction of required well depth; and outline field tests which can provide monitoring data to verify the codes.  The information may become a part of the ASHRAE handbook and an instruction manual for the design and installation of standing column wells that will serve the geothermal and HVAC communities.  

Publications:

Zheng Deng Ph.D. Thesis

Rees, S.J., J.D. Spitler, Z. Deng, C.D. Orio and C.N. Johnson. 2004. A Study Of Geothermal Heat Pump And Standing Column Well Performance. ASHRAE Transactions, 110(1): 3-13.