Omid Ghasemi Fare

Assoc Professor

Dr. Ghasemi-Fare has received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering respectively, in 2008 and 2010 from Sharif University of Technology, Iran. He got his Ph.D. in the field of Geotechnical Engineering with a Ph.D. minor in Computational Science at the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. After completing the Ph.D., he joined the faculty at the Civil and Environmental Engineering department in August 2015. His research experiences are revolved around energy geotechnics, geothermal energy, unsaturated soil mechanics, heat and fluid flow in porous media, THM modeling, transportation geotechnics and geotechnical earthquake engineering. He has both experimental and numerical research experiences. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and NSF EPSCoR at the Kentucky.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  • Ph.D. minor in Computational Science in Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2015
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2008


Numerical Modeling of Vertical Geothermal Heat Exchangers Using Finite Difference and Finite Element Techniques- 2015

Pile-anchored geothermal systems are increasingly being implemented as an innovative and sustainable method of harvesting shallow geothermal energy. With a view of characterizing heat exchange through geothermal piles in sand, this paper describes and analyzes results from a series of laboratory thermal performance tests on a model geothermal pile in sand. Heat carrier fluid was circulated through a U-shaped circulation tube embedded within the model concrete pile. The effects of fluid circulation velocity and initial temperature difference between soil and circulation fluid (at the inlet point) on heat transfer performance of the model pile is investigated. Temperature measurements were obtained at several locations within the test setup and data collected during the thermal tests are further used to characterize time-dependent heat exchange behavior of the model pile. Moreover, soil thermal conductivity values obtained from element thermal conductivity tests are compared with equivalent soil thermal conductivity values derived from thermal performance tests on the model pile.

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