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Numerical modeling of thermally induced ground deformations around potential geothermal energy storage wells in northern Quebec


Numerical modeling of thermally induced ground deformations around potential geothermal energy storage wells in northern Quebec

Ren, Zhebo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9019-8660 (2022) Numerical modeling of thermally induced ground deformations around potential geothermal energy storage wells in northern Quebec. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Literature from the past two decades demonstrates the feasibility of utilizing borehole geothermal energy storage (BTES) system for the heating of buildings in the cold climate region like Northern Quebec. However, BTES systems would generate an increase in temperature in surrounding soil formations, which may induce ground deformation and result in unexpected accidents. This study investigates the effect of BTES systems of 50-year service life period on thermal consolidation of surrounding soil formations in northern Quebec, where BTES sites are covered by a large quantity of unconsolidated glacial tills. A fully coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical modeling is conducted using Abaqus, and cases with different configuration and operation temperature are modeled. Thermally induced pore pressure generation and dissipation processes are simulated and analyzed. Thermally induced deformation of soil formations is also addressed. The glacial till in the upper layer is prone to sustain strain softening and the glacial till in the lower layer is prone to sustain strain hardening during the periodical thermal operation. A BTES system with a large geometric scale or with a high operation temperature (60°C in this study) would impose significant influence on the glacial till formation, which is displayed by significant changes in pore water pressure and ground deformations.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Ren, Zhebo
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A. Sc.
Program:Civil Engineering
Date:31 March 2022
Thesis Supervisor(s):Li, Biao
Keywords:Cam-Clay model, BTES system, thermal-hydro-mechanical modeling, glacial till, deformation analysis
ID Code:990491
Deposited By: Zhebo Ren
Deposited On:16 Jun 2022 15:08
Last Modified:31 Mar 2023 00:00


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