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Thermal response tests are the industry standard for borehole heat exchanger design in ground-coupled heat pump systems. Two previously conducted thermal response tests in phase 2 of the district-scale ground-coupled heat pump system at Ball State University (BSU) measured a bulk “formation” thermal conductivity K T between 2.6 and 3.0 W m−1 K−1. Meanwhile, K T from a core recovered near BSU averages 2.2 ± 0.006 and 3.5 ± 0.086 W m−1 K−1 for dry and water-saturated samples, respectively. The range in K T data from saturated samples (1.8–7.2 W m−1 K−1)...

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