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Ting-Wei Wu

Doctoral Students


Marine Geotechnics


+49 421 218-65816


+49 421 218-00000



MARUM I, 3090

Ting-Wei Wu

PhD Project

My project is funded by the European Commission, project SLATE (Submarine landslides and their impact on European continental margins). Topic: Geotechnical characterization of slope failure preconditioning factors and the effect of seismicity on subaquatic slope stability


My project is a generic study on how sediment condition is affected by static and dynamic loads and composition. I aim to examine some unusual cores and look at unusual sediment types and their response to deformation. I deal with the fundamental understanding of soil strength based on geotechnical testing methods encompassing marine geophysics and monitoring to determine the factors such as pore pressure and clay sensitivity that initiate sliding.

I also aim to improve knowledge of seismic response to sediments of different mineralogical and grain size compositions. My particular interest is to study the phenomenon of "seismic strengthening" in areas with a lot of seismicity, for example in Japan, or in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The seismic strengthening process involves gradual densification of sediment caused by repeated earthquake events that dewater the sediment (also called: dynamic compaction, as opposed to liquefaction in case the shaking is more intense so that excess pore pressure destructs the sediment fabric and bonding forces between particles). By using a dynamic triaxial system at the MARUM with frequencies up to 50 Hz, the increase in undrained shear strength as a function of dynamic loading and pore water drainage can be measured, which sheds light on the stability of the studied slope as a result. 

Curriculum Vitae

2017 - present
PhD student at the MARUM, University of Bremen, Germany
2016 - 2017
Research assistant at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
2014 - 2016
Master of Science (M.Sc.), Marine Geophysics, University of Western Brittany, France
2010 - 2014
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Earth Sciences, National Central University, Taiwan
2012 - 2013 and 2016 
Guest student, M. Sc. Marine Geosciences, University of Bremen, Germany


Cruise Area Ports Date
Nice Aiport landslide area
Catania - Málaga
25 May - 10 June 2016



Kopf, A.J., Fleischmann, T., Gauchery, T., Meinecke, G., Renken, J., Spiesecke, U., Stange, N., Völker, D., von Wahl, T., Wenau, S., Wittauer, C., and Wu, T.-W., Report and preliminary results of R/V Poseidon cruise Pos500 “LISA”: Ligurian Slope AUV mapping, gravity coring and seismic reflection. Berichte aus dem MARUM und Fachbereich Geowissenschaften der Univ. Bremen, No. 312, 62 pp. (ISSN 2195-9633)