Development and validation of a method to predict the soil thermal conductivity using thermal piezocone penetration testing (T-CPTU) Academic Article uri icon


  • A new insitu thermal piezocone penetration test (T-CPTU) system is developed to determine the thermal properties of soil. It is expected to overcome most of the shortcomings observed in existing insitu test techniques. Based on Fourier's heat conduction equation and pore pressure dissipation theoretical equation, a method for calculating the thermal conductivity, namely the predicted temperature method, was proposed. The accuracy of the T-CPTU probe testing process and thermal conductivity calculation results were verified by numerical simulation, laboratory large-scale model tank tests, and thermal needle tests. Finally, the field data of T-CPTUs at three sites in Nanjing, China, were collected and compared with the laboratory thermal needle tests. The results indicated that the thermal conductivities obtained using T-CPTU were accurate and closer to those of laboratory thermal needle tests for most soils. The thermal conductivities of the undisturbed soil samples measured in the laboratory were lower than those obtained by T-CPTU.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, X., Congress, S., Cai, G., Liu, L., Liu, S., Puppala, A. J., & Zhang, W.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Xiaoyan||Congress, Surya Sarat Chandra||Cai, Guojun||Liu, Lulu||Liu, Songyu||Puppala, Anand J||Zhang, Wenwei

publication date

  • April 2022