Analysis and calculation of thermal conductivity of rock in deep strata

  • Liu Dun-wen Email author
  • Gu De-sheng 
  • Dai Ta-gen 
  • Herbert Henkel 
Geology, Mining And Civil Engineering


The thermal conductivity of rock is an important parameter for the deep mine and the geothermal development. It is often not possible to measure the thermal conductivity of the rocks present in the deep strata, and the usual approach is to calculate thermal conductivity including mineralogy and porosity. The compositions of core samples from the MID01 borehole in the Björkö area were determined, and the minera composition was classified. The calculation of the thermal conductivity of rock in the borehole was carried out, and the main factors for the thermal conductivity of rock were analyzed. The results show that the calculated thermal conductivity of rock is reliable and useful for the design and calculation of geothermal development in the Björkö area.

Key words

thermal conductivity of rock thermal conductivity calculation mineral composition rock porosity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liu Dun-wen 
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gu De-sheng 
    • 1
  • Dai Ta-gen 
    • 2
  • Herbert Henkel 
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Resources and Safety EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina
  2. 2.School of Geoscience and Environmental EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina
  3. 3.Department of Land and Water Resources EngineeringRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)StockholmSweden

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