"Porous Media are everywhere"SFB 1313 spokesman Rainer Helmig
SFB 1313 is the Collaborative Research Centre on "Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media – Flow, Transport and Deformation"
SFB 1313 is an interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre of the University of Stuttgart, consisting of four major project areas (A-D), divided in 18 individual research projects, a central project INF for "Research Data Management and Research Software Engineering", a project Ö for "Public Relations" and a central project Z02 for "In-Situ Experiments (Porous Media Lab)". SFB 1313 is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its first funding period ran from 2018 to 2021, the second funding period runs from 2022 to 2025. SFB 1313 is 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.
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.
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.