Soil temperature studies : a progress report

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Journal titleResearch Paper, Division of Building Research, National Research Council Canada
Pages434445; # of pages: 12
AbstractThe variation throughout the year of the temperature in soils at varying depths beneath the ground surface might not appear, at first glance, to be a matter of much significance. A little consideration will show that a large number of economic problems are dependent on soil temperature conditions. These include the operation of heat pumps, the depth at which water and sewer pipes have to be buried in colder climates, the design of house foundations, the stability of cold storage plant foundations, heat losses from electrical conduits, gas mains and other utilities, and perhaps above all the stability of highway and airport pavements with special reference to frost action. It was one such economic problem which first attracted attention in Canada to the fact that very little was actually known about soil temperature variations. Some experiments were started in Canada in 1945 and these soon showed the importance of the state of compaction of the soil of which temperature was being measured. Concurrently a continuing study of the available literature suggested many gaps in even a general overall picture of the problem.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6131
NPARC number20358943
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Record created2012-07-20
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