New STUVA Staff Member Dr.-Ing. Christian Thienert
By: Martin Schäfer
Since May 2011 Dr.-Ing. Christian Thienert (Fig. 3) has been lending his active support to STUVA in the field of tunnelling and construction technology. His particular niche will be expanding contacts between STUVA and its members and pinpointing joint aspects of research. Towards this end the focus will be on issues, which are hard to verify under site conditions and as a result require closer deliberations on a real or semi-technical scale. For this purpose at STUVA’s headquarters in Cologne there are facilities available, which are spread over a total hall area of 2,000 m².
Furthermore Dr. Thienert will also be involved on the sector of public research into tunnelling. One aim here is to come up with innovative possibilities for underground infrastructure so that the acceptance of corresponding construction measures is enhanced among the general public.
Within the scope of his activities so far Dr. Thienert was intensively involved in industrial research projects in the field of mechanised tunnelling. In this connection he concentrated on among other things the transference of supporting pressure while driving with fluid-supported face and for annular gap grouting, He mainly used his experience to link up engineering disciplines such as geotechnics and construction material technology with the relevant engineering technology His dissertation just published by the Shaker-Verlag, Aachen, deals with the topic of cement-free annular gap mortars.