Characterisation of the thermal effusivity of a partially saturated soil by the inverse method in the frequency domain

E. Antczak, Alexis Chauchois, D. Defer, B. Duthoit

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The purpose of this article is to present a method for identifying the apparent thermal effusivity of a wet soil. This thermal magnitude is indeed fundamentally important, as it fully characterises the behaviour of the system provided it is possible to make the assumption of a semi-infinite medium. The condition is very frequently encountered while studying heat transfers in soils. The apparent thermal effusivity of a soil is also particularly sensitive to the water content of the material. Because of this property, it is possible to evaluate the instantaneous water content of the medium from a correlation law linking thermal effusivity with water content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1525-1536
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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