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With the Large Wave Channel (GWK) the Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Technical University Braunschweig established a unique competence center for coastal engineering and offshore structure research. Together with four partner-institutes the Forschungszentrum Küste (FZK) offers numerical and physical models for hydraulic engineering, coastal protection, offshore structures, soil engineering and soil mechanics.   

IGtH - Leibniz Universität Hannover

The Institute for Geotechnical Engineering (IGtH) of the Leibniz Universität Hannover has a high expertise in structure-soil-interaction of offshore wind energy devices. Further research aspects are novel methods for dike monitoring and the characteristics of geotextiles

Ludwig-Franzius-Institut - Leibniz Universität Hannover

Founded 1914 the Ludwig-Franzius-Institute for Hydraulic, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering (LuFI) of the Leibniz Universität Hannover is a well known adress for research in river engineering, waterways operation and maintenance, harbour engineering, ocean and tidal hydraulics, coastal engineering, flood risk management, dike monitoring and environmental assessments in hydraulic engineering. These issues are adressed in the large laboratory facilities or by a variety of numerical models.

Leichtweiß-Institute - TU Braunschweig

The Leichtweiß-Institute for Hydraulics (LWI) of the Technical University of Braunschweig participates in FZK with its division Hydromechanics, Coastal and Ocean Engineering. Besides many research projects in Germany based on laboratory experiments and numerical simulations the institute stands out due to its international cooperation with notable scientists and universities for instance from the US, Taiwan, Indonesia or Japan.

Istitute for Soil Engineering and Soil Mechanichs - TU Braunschweig

The Institute of Soil Engineering and Soil Mechanics of the Technical University Braunschweig (IGB-TUBS) is an important partner for coastal engineering in the FZK. Actual topics are soil liquefaction on caisson breakwaters and monopile wind generators, the dynamic behaviour of rammed piles, dike monitoring and the analysis of the geomechanical behaviour of geotextiles and sealing sheets.