Analytical Modelling of Energy Geostructures

Alessandro F. Rotta Loria*

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Over the past twenty years, a substantial amount of research has been performed to expand the understanding and modelling capabilities of energy geostructures: innovative earth-contact structures that provide combined structural support and renewable energy supply. The numerical modelling of energy geostructures has been progressively improved in capabilities and effectiveness, representing a critical solution for any comprehensive analysis and design of such geostructures. However, despite the observed rise in computational capabilities, the numerical modelling of energy geostructures remains daunting, especially for the engineering practice. In this context, analytical solutions based on sound theoretical principles and validated through experimental evidence represent paramount tools for the analysis and design of energy geostructures. This paper summarises the only analytical solutions currently available for the analytical modelling of a key problem in the analysis and design of all energy geostructures: the response of such geostructures to the thermal and mechanical actions that are applied as a consequence of their structural support and energy supply. Cylindrical and plane energy geostructures, such as energy piles and walls (or slabs) are considered, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenges and Innovations in Geomechanics - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of IACMAG - Volume 2
EditorsMarco Barla, Alice Di Donna, Donatella Sterpi
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030645175
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2021 - Turin, Italy
Duration: May 5 2021May 8 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference16th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2021


  • Analytical modelling
  • Energy geostructures
  • Thermo-mechanical actions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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