Analysis and design methods for energy geostructures
Review article, 2016

Based on discussions at the international workshop on “Thermoactive geotechnical systems for near-surface geothermal energy”, hosted at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (, this article attempts to provide a broad overview of the analysis methods used for evaluation of systems that use either boreholes or geo-structures for heat exchange. It identifies commonalities where knowledge transfer from the former to the latter can be made, and highlights where there are significant differences that may limit this cross-fertilisation. The article then focusses on recent developments and current understanding pertaining to the analysis of the thermo-mechanical interaction between a geostructure and the ground, and how this may be incorporated into the geotechnical design of energy geostructures.

Shallow geothermal




Underground structures



Peter Bourne-Webb

Instituto Superior Tecnico

Sebastien Burlon

IFSTTAR - French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks

Saqib Javed

Chalmers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Building Services Engineering

Sylvia Kürten

RWTH Aachen University

Fleur Loveridge

University of Southampton

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

1364-0321 (ISSN) 18790690 (eISSN)

Vol. 65 402-419

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)


Subject Categories

Energy Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Energy Systems

Building Technologies



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