Sonderforschungsbereich 1313

"Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media – Flow, Transport and Deformation" Collaborative Research Centre funded by the German Research Fondation (DFG)

Porous media are almost everywhere:

Whether it be technical, environmental or biological systems – porous media can be found in various fields. They all have their porous structure, their permeability, and their interfaces in common.

About SFB 1313

SFB 1313 is an interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre of the University of Stuttgart, consisting of four major project areas (A-D), divided in 17 individual research projects and three task forces. SFB 1313 startet on 1 January 2018. It is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and affiliated to the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science. In total, about 60 researchers of 9 different institutes of the University of Stuttgart and of about 35 partner universities build the SFB 1313 team.


Interfaces have a great impact on multi-field processes (flow, transport and deformation) in porous-media systems. SFB 1313 aims to research these interfaces and to gain a fundamental understanding how they affect multi-field processes. An important step is therefore to quantify how the dynamics of fluid-fluid and fluid-solid interfaces in porous-media systems are affected by pore geometry, heterogeneity and fractures. Furthermore, developing experimental knowledge as well as mathematical and computational models will support SFB 1313‘s research.


Interface-driven multi-field processes in porous media are highly relevant for multiple applications in environmental, technical and biological systems. Whether climate models, fuel cells, cooling systems, energy storage in the natural underground, tumor growth, medication transport into human cells or vertebroplasty - these are just a few examples of such systems.


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Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Rainer Helmig

Spokesperson, Principal Investigator, Research Projects A02 and C02, Central Project Z

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Christian Rohde

Deputy Spokesperson, Principal Investigator, Research Projects B03 and C02, Project MGK

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Beate Spinner

Administrative Office

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