Thermal properties of cement-based composites for geothermal energy applications

Xiaohua Bao, Shazim Ali Memon, Haibin Yang, Zhijun Dong, Hongzhi Cui

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Geothermal energy piles are a quite recent renewable energy technique where geothermal energy in the foundation of a building is used to transport and store geothermal energy. In this paper, a structural-functional integrated cement-based composite, which can be used for energy piles, was developed using expanded graphite and graphite nanoplatelet-based composite phase change materials (CPCMs). Its mechanical properties, thermal-regulatory performance, and heat of hydration were evaluated. Test results showed that the compressive strength of GNP-Paraffin cement-based composites at 28 days was more than 25 MPa. The flexural strength and density of thermal energy storage cement paste composite decreased with increases in the percentage of CPCM in the cement paste. The infrared thermal image analysis results showed superior thermal control capability of cement based materials with CPCMs. Hence, the carbon-based CPCMs are promising thermal energy storage materials and can be used to improve the durability of energy piles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number462
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Cement-based composites
  • Composite phase change materials
  • Geothermal energy storage
  • Mechanical properties
  • Structural-functional integrated materials
  • Thermal properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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