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Workshop "Bochum Underground Space Day 2017 - Subsurface & Energy"

Please see the workshop Program (updated) for more detail.

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.


2017.04.24: Signing celemony with Chiba Institue of Technology, Japan

On 24th April, President Prof. Kuzuhito Komiya (left 2nd in the above photos, copyright ©RUB, Marquard) from the Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan (CIT) visited RUB, and signed the Cooperation Agreement and Memorandum for Student Change Program between CIT and RUB (including mainly the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the RD SME). On behalf of the RUB side, our Vice-Rector Prof. Andreas Ostendorf (left 1st), faculty dean Prof. Peter Mark (right 1st) and speaker of RD SME Prof. Günther Meschke (right 2nd) were presented in this signing celemony.

Link to Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan
Link to Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (RUB)

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

Upcoming Events

2017.06.20: SFB 837 - Geotechnics and Energy

Prof. Richard Jardine from Imperial College London, United Kingdom, will hold a guest lecture in the framework of SFB 837 about 'Geotechnics and Energy'.

In March 2016 Prof. Richard Jardine delivered the 56th Rankine Lecture, which considers the pressing problem of geotechnical engineering as one of the society’s grand challenges. This announced lecture focuses on the main three main sections of the Rankine lecture: reporting recent geotechnical research considers the pressing problem of ensuring vital energy supplies while also recognising, mitigating and dealing with the climate consequences of fossil fuel consumption.

The Lecture’s three main sections report recent geotechnical research relating to these wide ranging topics, illustrating some aspects of each with specific examples from the Speaker’s portfolio. The first focuses on research to support offshore hydrocarbon production, considering platform foundations on the continental shelf and large landslide geohazards in deeper water. The second considers research into climate change impacts in warming permafrost regions and engineering to raise flood defences founded on difficult organic soils. The final section reports on current research that is having a major impact on offshore wind turbine foundations and hence renewable energy economics.

The Lecture emphasises that integrating geology and rigorous analysis with advanced laboratory and field experiments is the key to resolving the complex geotechnical problems raised; careful full-scale field monitoring is also essential to checking reliability in practice.

Guest lecturer: Prof. Richard Jardine (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
Date: 20.06.2017
Time: 16:00
Room: IC 03 / 606 (RUB)

see Flyer for more details
More information on SFB 837 webpage

2017.04.27: SFB 837 - Structural diagnosis and material model calibration through inverse analysis: some innovative procedures and applications

Prof. Vladimir Buljak from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, will hold a guest lecture in the framework of SFB 837 about 'Structural diagnosis and material model calibration through inverse analysis: some innovative procedures and applications'.

The purpose of this lecture is to show some recent research contributions, achieved by our team, to the methodology of inverse analysis apt for diagnosis of possibly damaged structures and for mechanical characterization of materials in diverse industrial environments. Research results are presented with reference to the real life engineering problems. First group of results considers diagnostic analysis of structures, with following industrial applications briefly presented: (a) diagnosis of pipelines and platforms by instrumented indentation test and fast simulations; (b) assessment of inelastic properties of large shafts through inverse analysis and experimental data collected from small punch test; (c) in-depth diagnostic analysis of aged concrete dams affected by diffusive mechanical deterioration by alkali-silicon reaction through flat-jack tests and inverse analysis. Second group of results concerns calibration of complex constitutive models, described by large number of parameters, with reference to the following problems: (a) assessment of parameters entering into constitutive models employed for simulation of mechanical compaction of ceramic powders; (b) modeling damage in fiber reinforced concrete.

Presented examples demonstrate practical advantages in terms of time and resource savings that may be achieved by the employment of inverse analysis methodology. Heterogeneity in engineering application evidences the flexibility of methodology, suggesting that the applications in some other engineering fields can be easily accomplished by marginal modifications of presented techniques.

Guest lecturer: Prof. Vladimir Buljak (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
Date: 27.04.2017
Time: 16:00
Room: IC 03 / 604 (RUB)

see Flyer for more details
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