Research Group


Prof. Dr. Achim Kopf

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The field of Geotechnics and Geoengineering includes both the development of seagoing equipment for the measurement of sediment physical properties and the soil mechanical testing of marine sediments in the laboratory. The soil mechanical laboratory is used for education and research. While teaching is dedicated to the fundamentals of engineering geology, research focuses mostly on rock deformation owing to tectonic stress (plate movement, landslides, mud volcanism) and manmade changes (costal infrastructure like windparks, etc.). Geotechnical laboratory experiments simulate processes down to several kilometers depth, where direct observations are naturally hampered. Those processes include earthquake nucleation in subduction zones, which represent one of the most devastating threats to society. In order to simulate these processes in the laboratory, critical physical properties have to be measured (i.e. in the seafloor sediments) beforehand.

Working Area

Gibraltar/Gulf of Cadiz, Costa Rica, Japan, Chile, North Sea


Methods include the development and use of equipment to measure pore pressure, temperature, or conductivity of the sediment in situ (i.e. at depth), as well as ring and direct shear testing, consolidometers and permeameters.


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