Research & Development

Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

Institute of Hydrogeology

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    Institute of Hydrogeology (Archive)

    • 2010 to 2014

      Well clogging by formation of iron hydroxides in open pit dewatering – Combined hydraulic and chemical Investigation using an experimental model

      Funding: RWE Power AG

      The Institute of Hydrogeology, in close cooperation with the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management (RWTH Aachen University) and the RWE Power AG, has developed an experimental model for the accelerated recreation of clogging processes in real vertical filter wells.

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    • 2014 to 2016

      Erfassung tiefer Grundwassersysteme als Beitrag zu einer nachhaltigen Ressource auf dem mexikanischen Altiplano

      (Deutsch) Der mexikanische Altiplano hat in vielen Bereichen ein semiarides bis arides Klima, sodass Flüsse nur in der regenreichen Jahreszeit Wasser führen. Grundwasser stellt somit die wichtigste Wasserressource dar, die von der Bergbauindustrie, der Landwirtschaft sowie des öffentlichen und privaten Sektors intensiv genutzt wird.

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    • 2010 to 2014

      Uranium in groundwater of Southern Bavaria

      Funding: Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt (LfU)

      Uranium is – in addition to its radioactivity – a strong kidney toxicant and since 2011, a toxicologically justified regulatory limit for drinking water was established. In our study for the State Environmental Agency of Bavaria (LfU Bayern) in 2011 it was shown that local high uranium contents in groundwater in the Lech Valley originate 

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    • 2012 to 2016

      Protection of Groundwater in Yucatán, Mexico

      Groundwater is the only water resource on the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula. But it is endangered by different hazards: a rising need of water in tourist regions, the lack of possibilities to drain off waste water via rivers but instead injecting them into deeper, saltier parts of the groundwater zone and a high vulnerability of the 

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    • 2012 to 2017

      Water flow and permeability distribution in a tectonically limited hard-rock aquifer

      In this project, water flow and permeability distribution in a tectonically complex karst aquifer on a regional scale are studied and simulated by means of high-performance computing. The study area Hastenrather Graben, located about 15 km northeast of the city of Aachen, has a complex tectonic history. Folded Devonian to Carboniferous bedrocks outcrop on the 

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    • 2012 to 2012

      Nitrate in groundwater

      Agriculturally deployed nitrogen (e.g. as part of mineral fertilizer or liquid manure) is the reason for a high nitrogen pollution of the groundwater. The natural reduction of nitrogen through chemical reactions between nitrogen and the surrounding rock is very important for the Lower Rhine Basin. The result of this chemical reaction is nitrogen retention by 

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    • 2007 to 2010

      Geogenic enrichment of arsenic in iron oxides containing sedimentary rocks in Germany

      Introduction Aquifers contaminated with naturally occurring arsenic (As) threaten millions of people worldwide. In major problem areas (e.g. Bangladesh, Vietnam, Latin America), As in groundwater originates from the weathering of As-bearing minerals of which Fe-oxides and -hydroxides play the most important role in many sedimentary systems. Also Germany is affected by regionally elevated As-concentrations in 

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    • 2009 to 2013

      Hydrogeological and numerical groundwater flow model in Semarang/Indonesia

      Funding: The Directorate General of Higher Education the Department of Education and Culture the Government of the Republic of Indonesia

      Urban areas in Indonesia are characterized by rapid urban population growth and located in the coastal cities. The demand for clean water primarily from groundwater for domestic and commercial purposes increases continually in line with population growth. In Semarang, which is located in the north of Java Island, the number of registered deep wells increased 

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