Geohazard information for the masses

Category: Environmental stress control on rock slope stability

Candidate: Anne Voigtländer
Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Michael Krautblatter
Institution: Technical University of Munich
Activity: 11/2013 – Present
Funding Agency: Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

Just add water: How to break large rock beams with a few drips

(*pun intended) The failure of natural rock slopes, or engineered bedrock structures (e.g. tunnels, caverns, mines, and excavations) is closely tied to the progressive fracturing of intact rock. The physics of this process is, however, complicated – and even in engineered materials such as glass and steel, the interaction of conditions driving the propagation of cracks is […]


Find me at EGU 2017

As usual, there’s plenty happening at EGU this year. You can find me at any one of these locations: Monday Mon, 24 Apr, 15:30–15:45, Room N1, GM1.6/BG9.38/HS11.11/NH8.8/TS4.7 | | Highlight Dynamic fracture development in response to extreme summer temperatures: 27/7/2014, Långören Island, Finland (EGU2017-16387) by Kerry Leith, Matthew Perras, Topias Siren, Tuomas Rantanen, Suvi Heinonen, […]


Neutron diffraction measurements


Project description

This PhD combines geomorphologic and engineering geological approaches to gain a better understanding of rock slopes and associated hazards posing a risk to life and key infrastructure. New insights are expected by integrating material mechanics, in particular stress corrosion, in the assessment of fracture propagation and, thus, instability of rock slopes. We assess conditioning processes […]


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