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Environmental Mechanics

Mechanical simulations of environmental processes.

From remediation activities in soil to pancake formation in the antarctic ice shelf, environmental mechanics covers a large portion of natural activity surrounding us.

Originating in the field of civil engineering, environmental mechanics concerns itself with a multitude of questions of mechanical nature, such as stability, structural analysis and the influence of coupled processes on these, such as bacterial activity or advection of pollutants.

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Typical chemical reactions in a landfill site

The systems under consideration are described with the Theory of Porous Media, which offers a method to describe multiphase and multiscale systems, such as a landfill site populated with methane producing bacteria.

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Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Tim Ricken

Head of Department

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Dipl.-Ing.

Andrea Thom

Research Assistant