Faculty Advisor

Tilley, Burt S.

Abstract

In the rising technology of geothermal energy, a plant is only as good as the amount of heat it can extract from the ground. Understanding where heat is lost while it is being extracted from deep in the Earth is vital if the technology is to mature. This project proposes a mathematical model for a geothermal heat system in Germany with a staged production well and explores where heat is leaking from the well, and what can be done to avoid such losses in the future.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2011

Major

Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

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