Determination of thermal conductivities of some topsoils using block method
This study focuses on the determination of In situ measurement of the top soil layer, despite non-homogeneity of natural soils caused by changes in their water content, texture and structure. Thermal Conductivities of clay, loam and sand soils were determined using improved Block method with and without the use of Thermal Interface Material (TIM). KD2 Thermal Properties Analyzer was used to take instantaneous measurement of thermal conductivities with and without the use of TIM for validation. The results show increase with the application of TIM which follows the same trend with KD2 results .Thermal conductivity increases from 0.68 W/ mK to 0.85W/mK , for clay, 0.18WmK to 0.34WmK for loam and 0.34W/mK to 0.39W/mK for sand with Block method while 0.66W/mk to 0.84W/mK for clay, 0.17W/mK to 0.30W/mK for loam and 0.28 WmK to 0.33W/mK for KD2 analyzer.
Keywords: Thermal Conductivity, Block method, Topsoil. Thermal Interface Material, Thermal gradient