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Master thesis: Integrated borehole study on the crustal heat conditions of Northern Hesse

In the section 4.8 "Geoenergy" (Department 4 "Geosystems") the following is awarded in cooperation with the TU Darmstadt:

Master thesis: Integrated borehole study on the crustal heat conditions of Northern Hesse

Reference Number 4690

The thermal field of Hesse is due to its complex geological setting very variable and influenced strongly by conductive and convective heat transport as well as by the changing crustal thickness and radiogenic heat production. Due to a very limited number of state-of-the art investigations on the heat flow based on data from deep wells, the above mentioned complexity is so far not properly quantified.

For this, a integrative study of borehole and laboratory data will be carried out to obtain datasets to validate quantified model approaches of the physical processes controlling the heat properties in the underground. The Master thesis project contributes directly to the understanding of the thermal regime of the Northern Hesse basement and builds the basis to understand the petrothermal resources in greater detail.

The objectives of this study include:

  • the thermal characterization of the main subsurface rock types integrating laboratory measurements and borehole geophysical observations
  • the understanding of crustal heat conditions (radiogenic heat production and heat flow) and its regional pattern
  • the interpretation and integration of these data in a regional model, thus allowing to obtain key understanding of critical parameters and their impact for geotechnical applications: e.g. heat storage in borehole heat exchangers (BTES) or aquifers (ATES)

Your qualifications:

  • Geology, Petrophysics
  • Geothermics
  • Subsurface process modelling

Start date: summer semester 2021
Place of work: approx. 4-5 months at the TU in Darmstadt, approx. 1-1.5 months at the GFZ in Potsdam

Did we pique your interest?

If you are interested, please contact by the 26th January 2021 to Sven Fuchs (fuchs@gfz-potsdam.de) or Kristian Bär (baer@geo.tu-darmstadt.de).


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