Andrew Chiasson

Contact Information

  • Email: Andrew Chiasson
  • Phone: 937-229-2835
  • Location: Kettering Laboratories Room 365 H

Andrew Chiasson

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty

Selected Publications


  • Chiasson, A. D. (2016). Geothermal heat pumps and heat engines: Theory and practice. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Book Chapters

  • Chiasson, A. D. (2016). Chapter 15. Waste heat rejection methods in geothermal power generation. In R. DiPippo, Chancellor Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Ed.), Geothermal power generation: Developments and innovation. Oxford, UK: Woodhead Publishing, Ltd.
  • Chiasson, A. D. (2015). Chapter 35. Direct use of geothermal energy. In J. Yan, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (Ed.), Handbook of clean energy systems (Vol. 1: Renewable energy) (pp. 621-633). New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Journal Articles and Conference Papers

  • Chiasson, A. D., & Elhasmi, R. (2017). Alternate approach to the calculation of thermal response factors for vertical borehole ground heat exchanger arrays using an incomplete Bessel functions. Proceedings of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGHSHPA) Technical Conference.
  • Chiasson, A. D., & Yavuzturk, C. (2014). Simulation of hybrid solar-geothermal heat pump systems. Proceedings of the 39th Stanford Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering 39, 9, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
  • Chiasson, A. D. (2012). Thermal response testing of geothermal wells for downhole heat exchanger applications. Proceedings of the 37th Stanford Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering 37, 5, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
  • Chiasson, A. D. (2011). A feasibility study of a district hybrid geothermal heat pump system in northern Canada. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 35, 1071-1076.
  • Chiasson, A. D., & O’Connell, A. (2011). New analytical solution for sizing vertical borehole ground heat exchangers in environments with significant groundwater flow: Parameter estimation from thermal response test data. HVAC & R Research, 17(6), 1000-1011.
  • Chiasson, A. D. (2010). Modeling horizontal ground heat exchangers in geothermal heat pump systems. Proceedings of the 2010 COMSOL Multiphysics Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Chiasson, A. D., & Yavuzturk, C. (2009). A design tool for hybrid geothermal heat pump systems in heating-dominated buildings. ASHRAE Transactions, 115(2), 60-73.
  • Chiasson, A. D., & Yavuzturk, C. (2009). A design tool for hybrid geothermal heat pump systems in cooling-dominated buildings. ASHRAE Transactions, 115(2), 74-87.
  • Chiasson, A. & Gill, A. T. (2008). Field performance assessment of downhole heat exchangers in Puna District, Hawaii. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 32, 3-8.
  • Chiasson, A. D., Yavuzturk, C., & Walrath, D. E. (2007). Evaluation of electricity generation from underground coal fires and waste banks. ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 129(2), 81-88.
  • Chiasson, A. (2006). A simplified design method for PEX plastic downhole heat exchangers. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 30, 191-196.
  • Chiasson, A., Culver, G., Favata, D, & Keiffer, S. (2005). Design, installation, and monitoring of a new downhole heat exchanger. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions, 29, 51-56. 
  • Orio, C. D., Johnson, C. N., Rees, S. J., Chiasson, A., Zheng, D., & Spitler, J. D. (2005). A survey of standing column well installations in North America. ASHRAE Transactions, 111(2), 109-121.
  • Yavuzturk, C., Ksaibati, K., & Chiasson, A. (2005). Assessment of temperature fluctuations in asphalt pavements due to thermal environmental conditions using a two-dimensional, transient finite-difference approach. ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 17(4), 465-475.
  • Chiasson, A. & Yavuzturk, C. (2003). Assessment of the performance of hybrid geothermal heat pump systems with solar thermal collectors. ASHRAE Transactions, 109(2), 487-500.
  • Yavuzturk, C. & Chiasson, A. (2002). Performance analysis of U-tube, concentric tube, and standing column well earth heat exchangers using a system simulation approach. ASHRAE Transactions, 108(1), 925-938.
  • Chiasson, A. & Spitler, J. D. (2001). Modeling approach to design of a ground-source heat pump bridge deck heating system. Transportation Research Record, NRC 1741, 207-215.
  • Ramamoorthy, M., Jin H., Chiasson, A. & Spitler, J. D. (2001). optimal sizing of hybrid ground-source heat pump systems that use a cooling pond as a supplemental heat rejecter – A system simulation approach. ASHRAE Transactions, 107(1), 26-38.
  • Chiasson, A., Spitler, J. D., Rees, S. J., & Smith, M. D. (2000). A model for simulating the performance of a pavement heating system as a supplemental heat rejecter with closed-loop ground-source heat pump systems. Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, ASME, 122(4), 183-191.
  • Chiasson, A., Spitler, J. D., Rees, S. J., & Smith, M. D. (2000). A model for simulating the performance of a shallow pond as a supplemental heat rejecter with closed-loop ground-source heat pump systems. ASHRAE Transactions, 106(2), 107-121.
  • Chiasson, A., Rees, S. J., & Spitler, J. D. (2000). A preliminary assessment of the effects of ground-water flow on closed-loop ground-source heat pump systems. ASHRAE Transactions, 106(1), 380-393.

Selected Research and Work (Current and Past)

  • Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources ("Smart Grid" with "Smart Buildings"). Sponsored by ETIC of Oregon.
  • Studies of the Use of Jet A to Replace JP-8 Fuel. Sponsored by AFRL.
  • Development of a novel software design tool for hybrid solar-geothermal heat pump systems in heating-and cooling-dominated buildings. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Performance Analysis and Comparison of Horizontal Ground Heat Exchangers. Sponsored by Waterfurnace.
  • Assessment of Thermal Stresses in Asphalt Pavements due to Environmental Conditions including Freeze and Thaw Cycles. Sponsored through Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and MPC of DOT.
  • Assessment of Temperature Fluctuations in Asphalt Pavements Due to Thermal Environmental Conditions using a Two-Dimensional, Transient Finite Difference Approach. Sponsored by Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute and Mountain Plains Consortium of DOT.
  • Feasibility of Generating Electricity using Thermal Energy Extracted from existing Underground Coal and Waste Bank Fires. Sponsored by NSF-STTR.

Courses Taught

  • EGR 202 Thermodynamics
  • MEE 410 Heat Transfer
  • MEE 456/RCL 556 Energy Systems Engineering
  • MEE 461/RCL 561 Solar Energy Engineering
  • MEE 462/RCL 562 Geothermal Energy Systems
  • MEE 473/RCL 573 Renewable Energy Systems


  • Ph.D., University of Wyoming, 2007
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University, 1999
  • M.A.Sc., University of Windsor, Canada, 1992
  • B.A.Sc., University of Windsor, Canada, 1989

Licenses, Certifications, and Credentials

  • Licensed Professional Engineer: Michigan, USA; and Alberta, Canada

Professional Activities

  • International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA)
  • Geothermics (International Journal of Geothermal Research and its Applications) – Associate Editor

Research Interests

  • Thermal systems simulation and optimization
  • Energy efficient buildings
  • Geothermal heat pumps and geothermal energy
  • Solar energy utilization
  • District/community energy systems