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RD Subsurface Modeling & Engineering

The intelligent use of the underground space opens perspectives and new opportunities to meet a number of challenging requirements of modern society:
(1) Environmentally friendly exploitation of energy resources and storage of energy,
(2) Improving quality of life in urban environments by reducing above ground traffic and providing efficient mobility,
(3) Sustainable deposition of carbon dioxide and (hazardous) waste with minimum environmental impact.


News and Upcoming Events

2017.02.24: SFB Workshop "Monitoring and Sensoring in Underground Engineering"

Current researches as well as engineering practice heavily rely on theoretical assumptions regarding the analyses conducted in the field of tunneling. Numerical models are more sophisticated than ever and enable engineers to simulate complicated interactions between the tunnel boring machine (TBM), soil, grouting materials and the lining. Although in good agreement with theoretical assumptions and results reported in literature a verification and consequently a critical view of such is difficult due to a lack of real life data.

Although the extent of available data is increasing, it is mostly related to the TBM and therefore not sufficient for a holistic assessment of theoretical models. To facilitate a more general view on interaction mechanisms, comprehensive data regarding the tunnel lining, grouting materials, soil and the effect of tunneling on its environment are of importance.

The workshops main goal is to introduce new monitoring and sensoring techniques to generate the required data, up to date methods of pre and post processing and to present current tunneling projects with exemplary application of such.

Date: Friday, 24.02.2017
Time: 10:00-17:30
Room: Veranstaltungszentrum, Room 1 (RUB)

Participation is free of charge. Please register HERE.

see Flyer for more details
More information on SFB 837 webpage


2017: Dr. Steffen Freitag becomes the speaker of the Junges Kolleg

Dr. Steffen Freitag has been elected as the speaker of the Junges Kolleg of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts. The junior researcher from the Institute for Structural Mechanics and PI of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 837 has been appointed in 2015 to be a member of the Junges Kolleg. He already was a deputy spokesman in the last two years.

The Junges Kolleg of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts consist of 30 young researchers of all scientific disciplines. They are working together for a duration of four years in several interdisciplinary groups. The Junges Kolleg has been established in 2006 with financial support from the Mercator foundation to promote young researchers in North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 2014, the Science Ministry of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia took over the financial support. The young researchers get professional, financial, and ideational support. They are awarded with a scholarship of 10.000 EUR per year during their four year membership. In addition to a PhD, the members must have achieved outstanding scientific performance at a university or research institution in North Rhine-Westphalia. New members can be 36 years maximum and must not have a permanent professorship. The members of the Junges Kolleg get the possibility to discuss their research projects in interdisciplinary working groups within the Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Arts and to get in contact with established elite researchers. Also they can showcased their results at workshops and at the Science Day of the Academy.

More information on Junges Kolleg
More information on SFB 837 webpage


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Link to Current Projects

Collaborative Research Center SFB 837


Interaction Modeling in Mechanized Tunneling

DFG Research Groups FOR 1498


Alkali-Silica Reaction in Concrete Structures

SHynergie Project