Sektion 3.2 Geomechanics and Rheology
Head of Section: Prof. Dr. Georg Dresen
We do research on geomechanics, rock physics and material sciences, using investigations of deformation and on transport phenomena in the rocks of the Earth's crust. In part, our extensive experiments take place in the laboratory, for example on granite or porous rocks like sand stone. We also measure in the field, like in the tectonically active areas of Turkey and in the deep mines of South Africa. There we concentrate on the analysis of processes that take place in the earthquake source. In experiments, in which we heat rocks and put them under high pressure, we investigate the metamorphic processes that take place deep in the Earth's crust. With our research we do more than just uncover basic knowledge about the mechanical properties of rocks. We also provide the physical foundations needed for estimating a variety of georisks and for geomechanical understanding necessary in the technical use of subterranean areas.