Heat and Mass Transfer

, Volume 52, Issue 12, pp 2661–2669 | Cite as

Experimental determination of thermal properties of alluvial soil

  • N. G. KulkarniEmail author
  • U. V. Bhandarkar
  • B. P. Puranik
  • A. B. Rao


In the present work, thermal conductivity and specific heat of a particular type of alluvial soil used in brick making in a certain region of India (Karad, Maharashtra State) are experimentally determined for later use in the estimation of ground heat loss in clamp type kilns. These properties are determined simultaneously using the steady-state and the transient temperature data measured in the setup constructed for this purpose. Additionally, physical properties of the soil are experimentally determined for use with six models for the prediction of the thermal conductivity of soil. The predictions from the models are compared with the experimental data. A separate data fitting exercise revealed a small temperature dependence of the soil thermal conductivity on the soil mean temperature.


Thermal Conductivity Thermal Resistivity Alluvial Soil Sieve Analysis Constant Heat Flux 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural AreasIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology BombayMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringGovernment PolytechnicKarad, Dist. SataraIndia

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