Modélisation numérique et optimisation d'un système d'isolation pour le stockage souterrain d'énergie thermique.

Numerical modeling and optimization of an insulation system for underground thermal energy storage.

Auteurs : KIM H., PARK D., PARK E. S., et al.

Type d'article : Article


Underground thermal energy storage (TES) systems require an insulation system to control the heat flux from the TES system into the surrounding rock mass to minimize the adverse effects of the high-temperature storage media on the underground environment. In this study, numerical simulations were performed to investigate the temperature distribution and heat transfer in the insulation system and to determine the optimal design for the TES system. The performance of the mineral wool chosen as an insulation material is gradually degraded as its temperature is increased; thus, the temperature-dependent properties of component materials were applied to prevent the overestimation of the insulation performance. We demonstrated that the component arrangement could affect the performance of the insulation system under transient heat transfer conditions; thus, we compared three types of insulation systems according to the location of the mineral wool layer. An insulation system composed of an inner mineral wool layer, a steel liner, an outer mineral wool layer, and a concrete lining was proposed as the optimal system under the conditions given in this study. We showed that regular emptying of the storage caverns for a long time interval in periods of low energy demand would slow down the temperature increase in the surrounding rock mass, and we proposed that the operation schedule including idle time could also be an alternative to reduce the thickness of the mineral wool layers.


  • Titre original : Numerical modeling and optimization of an insulation system for underground thermal energy storage.
  • Identifiant de la fiche : 30017173
  • Langues : Anglais
  • Source : Applied Thermal Engineering - vol. 91
  • Date d'édition : 05/12/2015
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