Time Frame: 2018-2021
Principal Investigator:Oliver Heidbach
Personnel: PhD position is announced - see job offers
Cooperations: Birgit Müller , KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany, Frank Schilling, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany, Andreas Henk, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, Karsten Reiter, TU Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
The tectonic stress field in the Earth's crust affects a large number of site selection criteria for the management of radioactive waste. Within the project SpannEnD we will create the first Germany-wide, geomechanical-numerical 3D model. This model will be calibrated against stress data and based on continuum-mechanical approaches it allows predictions for areas without stress data and the predict the six independent components of the 3D stress tensor. In addition, we will develop tools that allow the transfer across to allow for consistent predictions between the Germany stress model and local models on repository scale. In this phase our research is independent of host rocks and does not focus on any particular region. The goal is to provide basic research results, stress data and tools needed to generate in the future geomechanical-numerical models for selected siting areas with given host rock conditions.