Prof. Dr.-Ing.

Rainer Helmig

Board of Directors, Dean of Studies, Principal Investigator (EXC), Fellow (SC), Coordinator PN 1
Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems

Contact

+49 711 685-64741

Website

Pfaffenwaldring 61
70569 Stuttgart
Germany
Room: 1.015

Subject

  • Conceptual models for the optimisation and risk minimisation of subsurface technologies related to energy supply
  • Model coupling and complex structures
  • Physical Modelling
  • Multi-scale- and multi-physics-modelling

 

Selected Publications

  1. J. Vanderborght, T. Fetzer, K. Mosthaf, K. M. Smits, and R. Helmig. “Heat and water transport in soils and across the soil-atmosphere interface: 1. Theory and different model concepts”. In: Water Resources Research 53.2 (2017), pp. 1057–1079.
  2. T. Fetzer, K. M. Smits, and R. Helmig. “Effect of turbulence and roughness on coupled porous-medium/ free-flow exchange processes”. In: Transport in Porous Media 114.2 (2016), pp. 395–424.
  3. K. Mosthaf, R. Helmig, and D. Or. “Modeling and analysis of evaporation processes from porous media on the REV scale”. In: Water Resources Research 50.2 (2014), pp. 1059–1079.
  4. R. Helmig, B. Flemisch, M. Wolff, A. Ebigbo, and H. Class. “Model coupling for multiphase flow in porous media”. In: Advances in Water Resources 51 (2013), pp. 52–66.
  5. M. Wolff, B. Flemisch, and R. Helmig. “An adaptive multiscale approach for modeling twophase flow in porous media including capillary pressure”. In: Water Resources Research 49.12 (2013), pp. 8139–8159.
  6. K. Mosthaf, K. Baber, B. Flemisch, R. Helmig, A. Leijnse, I. Rybak, and B. Wohlmuth. “A coupling concept for two-phase compositional porous-medium and single-phase compositional free flow”. In: Water Resources Research 47.10 (2011).
  7. S. Manthey, S. M. Hassanizadeh, R. Helmig, and R. Hilfer. “Dimensional analysis of two-phase flow including a rate-dependent capillary pressure–saturation relationship”. In: Advances in Water Resources 31.9 (2008), pp. 1137–1150.
  8. R. Helmig, A. Weiss, and B. I. Wohlmuth. “Dynamic capillary effects in heterogeneous porous media”. In: Computational Geosciences 11.3 (2007), pp. 261–274.
  9. V. Reichenberger, H. Jakobs, P. Bastian, and R. Helmig. “A mixed-dimensional finite volume method for two-phase flow in fractured porous media”. In: Advances in Water Resources 29.7 (2006), pp. 1020–1036.
  10. R. Helmig. Multiphase flow and transport processes in the subsurface: a contribution to the modeling of hydrosystems. Springer, 1997.

Prof. Rainer Helmig was born in Hamm in 1957. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Hannover and was awarded his doctorate there in 1993 for his thesis "The theory and numerics of multi-phase flow in fractured porous media". In 1996, he gained his habilitation degree with a thesis on "Coupled flow and transport processes in the sub-surface - a contribution to hydrosystems modelling". Between 1997 and 2000, he was Professor for Numerical Methods and Information Processing and head of the Institute of Computer Applications in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. Since 2000, he has been Professor for Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems at the University of Stuttgart.

 Working Experience

  • since 2000 Professor of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems, and Director of the Institute for Modelling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems, University of Stuttgart
  • 1998–2000 Professor for Numerical Methods and Information Processing, Institute of Computer Applications in Civil Engineering, TU Braunschweig
  • 1997–1998 Acting Professor for Numerical Methods and Information Processing, Institute of Computer Applications in Civil Engineering, TU Braunschweig
  • 1993–1997 Research Assistant (Post-Doc), Institute of Hydraulic Engineering, University of Stuttgart
  • 1988–1992 Research assistant, Institute for Fluid Mechanics, University of Hanover
  • 2017 Elected Member of acatech (National Academy of Science and Engineering)
  • 2015 NGWA Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer 2015 (68 lectures in 14 countries)
  • 2013 InterPore-Rosette 2013
  • 2013 Shell lecture 2013, Rice University, Houston, USA
  • 2012 NWO-von Humboldt Stiftungspreis
  • 2010 Regular Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences
  • 2008 Teaching award, lecture “Hydromechanics”, University of Stuttgart
  • 1995 Dresden Prize for Groundwater Research 1995

Scientific and Academic Leadership

  • since 2018: Spokesperson DFG SFB 1313: “Interface-Driven Multi-Field Processes in Porous Media”
  • since 2014: Elected co-Chair for 2014 and Chair for 2016 of the Gordon Research Conference “Flow and Transport in Permeable Media”
  • 2013–2014: Chairman of the committee “Development of a water research network for the federal state of Baden-Württemberg”
  • 2011–2018: Associate Editor “Water Resources Research”
  • since 2009: Course Coordinator, study program “Simulation Technology”, University of Stuttgart
  • 2009–2011: President of the International Society for Porous Media 
  • 2007–2015: Coordinator DFG IRTG 1398 “Non-linearities and upscaling in porous media” (NUPUS)
  • since 2007: PI and Member of the Directorate of the EXC 310 “Simulation Technology”
  • since 2007: Member of the Editorial Board of “Computational Geosciences”
  • Elected Member (2003–2006) and Elected Chairman (2006–2011) of the Senate Commission on Water Research of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2002–2006: Vice-Spokesperson DFG SFB 404 “Multifield Problems in Continuum Mechanics”
  • 2001–2008: Course Coordinator, study program “Environmental Engineering”, University of Stuttgart
  • since 1999: Member of the Editorial Board “Advances in Water Resources”

 

Organisations

  • International Conference on Non-linearities and Upscaling in Porous Media (Bergen, Norway,30.9.-2.10.2013)
  • International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (Stuttgart, 10.-13.6.2014)
  • Gordon Research Conference on Flow and Transport in Permeable Media,Vice-Chair (Lewiston, ME, USA, 6.-11.7.2014)
  • Fourth International Conference on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry (Potsdam, 17.–22.6.2012)
  • Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR) 2012 (Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA,18.–21.6.2012)
  • Fourth International Conference on Porous Media (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA, 14.-16.5.2012)
  • Organisation of a session on Complex Porous Media at the AGU fallmeeting, San Francisco, USA (12.2010)
  • Second International Conference on “Challenges of Porous Media” (College Station, Texas, USA, 14.–16.3.2010)
  • Organisation of a session on Complex Porous Media at the AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, USA (12.2009)
  • International Conference on Non-linearities and Upscaling in Porous Media (Stuttgart, 5.–7.10.2009)
  • Workshop on Modelling and Risk Assessment of Geological Storage of CO2 (Svalbard, Norway 3.–6.8.2009)
  • First International Conference on “Challenges of Porous Media” (Kaiserslautern, 11.–14.3.2009)
  • 11th European Conference on the Mathematics of Oil Recovery (Bergen, Norwegen, 8.–11.9.2008)
  • Gordon Research Conference on Flow and Transport in Permeable Media (Oxford, UK, 13.-18.7.2008)
  • IAHR International Groundwater Symposium 2008: Flow and Transport in Heterogeneous Subsurface Formations: Theory, Modelling & Applications (Istanbul, Türkei, 18.– 20.6.2008)
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