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DFG establishes 12 new research units
Date:10/21/2011

cts in the process. Researchers from the fields of fluid mechanics, mathematics, structural mechanics, control engineering, electronics and materials science will work together within the Research Unit to identify a simple and energy efficient method of controlling air flows. Building on insights gained through the observation of flows over a flat surface, the Research Unit will seek to develop an innovative concept with the capacity to significantly reduce drag through the use of surface motion. (Spokesperson: Prof. Wolfgang Schrder, Aachen University of Technology)

A new Research Unit comprised of experts from the fields of construction materials science, solid structure engineering, and mechanics will seek to improve our understanding of key processes occurring prior to and during alkali-silica reactions in concrete construction elements. Studies conducted by the Unit will contribute to the development of scientifically proven procedures for evaluating and selecting concrete constituents and specifying concrete compositions. The researchers also hope to develop easy, practical measures for safeguarding against associated hazards during the use of concrete. Studies conducted by the Research Unit will focus primarily on the marginal conditions of transportation surfaces. (Spokesperson: Prof. Rolf Breitenbcher, Ruhr University of Bochum)

High precision space-time reference systems play a crucial role in many scientific applications. An example is in studying global environmental changes: Data on changes in sea levels have only been approximate to date. Precise reference systems are also necessary to estimate the mass of other planets and to navigate satellites in space. The work of the Research Unit "Space-Time Reference Systems for Monitoring Global Change and for Precise Navigation in Space" is therefore particularly relevant to the wider scientific community. Uniting researchers from the fields of geodetics, astronomy and space studies, the Uni
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Contact: Marco Finetti
marco.finetti@dfg.de
49-228-885-2230
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Source:Eurekalert

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