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Bernard Schrefler Ph.D.

Bernard Schrefler, D.Sc., Ph.D.

Bernard Schrefler, D.Sc., Ph.D.

Affiliate Full Member 
Department of Nanomedicine
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Professor of Structural Mechanics
University of Padova, Italy

E-mail:  bernhard.schrefler@unipd.it
Phone: 011-39-049-8275611


D.Sc. University of Wales, Swansea, UK
Ph.D.   University of Wales, Swansea, UK
M.Sc.   University of Padua, Padua, Italy (Civil Engineering)


Dr. Bernard Schrefler is a professor of structural mechanics at the University of Padova and Secretary General of the International Centre for Mechanical Science at Udine.  A premier scientist in his field, Dr. Schrefler has authored over four hundred peer-reviewed articles, five textbooks and 23 edited texts.  Dr. Schrefler serves on the editorial board of numerous academic journals and is active within the European Community R&D and training initiatives.  As an Affiliate Full Member of the Research Institute, Dr. Schrefler supports international affiliations and collaborations with researchers at Methodist. 

Description of Research

Dr. Schrefler’s research addresses the fundamental aspects of applied mechanics, large scale computation, and diverse applications to problems of practical interest. His contributions to structural and materials mechanics include the pseudo three-dimensional analysis of tall buildings, variable thickness plates, cable structures and related stability problems, membranes and wrinkling, asymptotic theory of homogenization with second order and boundary layer correctors, hierarchical and concurrent multi scale methods, thermo-electro-mechanical contact, and use of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) as constitutive models and for parameter identification for symbolic constitutive models.

Major Areas of Research

Biomedical engineering, structural and materials engineering, environmental geomechanics, soil

Recent Publications

Gawina D, Pesaventob F, Schreflerb BA. What physical phenomena can be neglected when modelling concrete at high temperature? A com-parative study: Part 1: physical phenomena and mathematical model. Int. J. Solids Struct. 48 (13), 1927-1944 (2011). doi: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2011.03.004

Dal Pont S, Meftah F, Schrefler BA. Modeling concrete under severe conditions as a multiphase material. Nucl Eng Des (2011). 241, 562-572. doi: 10.1016/j.nucengdes.2010.04.015

Schrefler BA, Codina R, Pesavento F, Principe J. Thermal coupling of fluid flow and structural response of a tunnel induced by fire. Int J Numer Meth Engng. 87: 361–385 (2011). doi: 10.1002/nme.3077

Schrefler BA, Pesavento F, Sanavia L, Sciume G, Secchi S, Simoni L. A general framework for modeling long term behaviour of earth and concrete dams. Front Archit Civ Eng China. 5, 41-52 (2011) doi: 10.1007/s11709-010-0070-x

Boso DP, Lefik M, Schrefler BA. Generalised self consistent homogenisation as an inverse problem. Z. angew. Math. Mech. 90: 847–860.(2010) doi: 10.1002/zamm.201000023

Nemova AS, Bosob DP, Voynova IB, Borovkova AI, Schreflerb BA. Generalized stiffness coefficients for ITER superconducting cables, direct FE modeling and initial configuration. Cryogenics 50 (2010), 304-313. doi:10.1016/j.cryogenics.2009.11.006

Graya WG, Schreflerb BA, Pesaventob F. Work input for unsaturated elastic porous media. JMPS 58 (2010), 752-765, doi:10.1016/j.jmps.2010.02.005