We are pleased to announce that the 9th Conference on the Mechanical Behavior of Salt (SaltMech IX) will take place from September 12 – 14, 2018 at the BGR in Hannover, Germany. Technical tours will be held on September 15, 2018.

It will be organized jointly by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) Hannover, the Institute of Geomechanics (IfG) Leipzig and the Technical University of Clausthal (TUC).

Launched in 1981, the series of SaltMech Conferences serves to exchange research findings and practical experiences regarding the mechanical behavior of rock salt for the safe use in mining, storage and waste disposal.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hannover in 2018!

Preliminary topics

  • Laboratory Testing
  • Field Investigations
  • Constitutive Modeling
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Micromechanics
  • Geology of Salt Formations
  • Waste Disposal (nuclear or toxic wastes)
  • Geological and Geotechnical Barriers
  • Salt Caverns
  • Mining

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: August 4, 2017
  • Full paper submission deadline: November 30, 2017
  • Final paper submission deadline: March 2, 2018
  • Registration deadline: July 31, 2018
  • Technical tours: September 15, 2018
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: September 15, 2017
  • Comments to authors: February 2, 2018
  • Registration opens: May 2, 2018
  • Conference dates: September 12-14, 2018

Advisory committee

  • Pierre Bérest (École Polytechnique, France)

  • Sandra Fahland (BGR, Germany)

  • Frank Hansen (Respec, USA)

  • Karl-Heinz Lux (TU Clausthal, Germany)

  • Wolfgang Minkley (IfG Leipzig, Germany)

  • Christopher Spiers (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

  • Leo Van Sambeek (Respec, USA)

Organizing Committee

  • Sandra Fahland (BGR)

  • Stefan Heusermann
    (Leibniz Universität Hannover)

  • Jörg Hammer (BGR)

  • Wenting Liu (BGR)
  • Britta Frenzel (BGR)
  • Mathias Mehlhorn (BGR)
  • Frank Hansen (Respec, USA)

  •  Wolfgang Minkley (IfG Leipzig)

  •  Till Popp (IfG Leipzig)

  •  Karl-Heinz Lux (TU Clausthal)

  • Petra Determann (BGR)
  • Annika Schäfers (BGR)

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