Honorary Member

Prof. emeritus Bernhard A. Schrefler

Bernhard A. Schrefler holds a PhD and DSc from the Swansea University, Wales. He is Secretary General of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM) in Udine, Professor Emeritus of the University of Padua and Senior Affiliate Member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute, TX. His research interests span from structural and materials mechanics to technology for thermonuclear controlled fusion, to porous media mechanics and mechanics in medicine. For his research activity Dr. Schrefler has received many awards and several honorary doctorates.

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Personal Profile

Bernhard A. Schrefler holds a ME. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Padua (dott. ing with summa cum laude), a Ph.D. and D.Sc. from the University of Wales, Swansea and is Professor Emeritus of the University of Padua.

Dr. Schrefler is fellow of the International Association of Computational Mechanics (IACM), past chairman of the Italian Association of Computational Mechanics (GIMC), member of the Executive Council of IACM, past member of the Executive Committee of the Congress Committee of the International Union for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), of the Executive Council of the European Community of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS) and past-secretary general of the European Mechanics Society (EUROMECH). He is regional editor of Mechanics Research Communications, secretary general of the International Centre of Mechanical Sciences (CISM), Senior Affiliate Member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute in Houston where he is affiliated with the Department of Nanomedicine, and bureau member of IUTAM.

He has been awarded the Maurice A. Biot Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Euler Medal from the European Community of Computational Methods in Applied Sciences (ECCOMAS), the Olgierd A.Zienkiewicz Medal of the Polish Association of Computational Mechanics (PACM), received the Computational Mechanics Award of IACM, the IACM Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences ICCES and the Palmes Académiques in France.

He has received honorary doctorates from the St. Petersburg State Technical University, the University of Technology of Lodz, the Leibniz University of Hannover, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Ecole Normale Supérieure at Cachan, an honorary fellowship from the University of Wales Swansea and an honorary professorship from the Dalian University of Technology.

Dr. Schrefler is a member of the National (Italian) Academy of Sciences (“dei XL”), the Accademia Galileiana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti; the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, and corresponding member of the Istituto Lombardo di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.

Dr. Schrefler has addressed fundamental aspects of applied and computational mechanics, 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, use of Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) as constitutive models and for parameter identification for symbolic constitutive models.
In the field of technology for thermonuclear controlled fusion he contributed to the design of the reversed field pinch fusion device RFX (coils, vacuum vessel, shell, support structure, radiation in a torus, graphite first wall), and to the analysis of superconducting coils for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Fusion Reactor).
In porous media mechanics he was the first to apply Biot’s theory to surface subsidence due to withdrawal of water (Venice) and gas (Ravenna), to extend Biot’s theory to two- and three phase flow, and to introduce the generalized Bishop’s stress, today the most used stress tensor in partially saturated soils mechanics. He also addressed non isothermal elastic plastic consolidation, infinite elements in isothermal and non isothermal consolidation, large strain quasi-static and dynamic partially saturated soil behaviour, strain localization in fully and partially saturated soils, cavitation modelling, constitutive modelling for partially saturated soils, partitioned solution procedures and their numerical properties, CBS stabilizing algorithm and discontinuous Galerkin method for porous media, thermo-hydro-mechanical analysis of partially saturated porous media, inclusion of air-water interfaces, carbonation of concrete, three-fluids model for concrete with application to concrete under very high temperatures, concrete at early ages and non-isothermal leaching. The concrete model has been incorporated into several general purpose computer programs. His current research focuses on tumor growth modeling and transport of nanoparticles in diseased microvasculature and on hydraulic fracturing.

Grants and Awards

  • Honorary Doctor of Science, St. Petersburg State Technical University (1999)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science and Technology, University of Technology of Lodz (2002)
  • Honorary Degree from the University of Wales Swansea (2005)
  • Honorary Doctor of Engineering (Dr.-Ing. E.h.) from Leibniz University of Hannover (2006)
  • Honorary Professor of Dalian University of Technology (2007)
  • Honorary Doctor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2008)
  • Honorary Doctor of the Ecole Normale Superieure, Cachan (2010)
  • Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques, France (2006)
  • Fellow of IACM (International Association for Computational Mechanics) (1998)
  • Computational Mechanics Award (2002)
  • IACM Award (2006)
  • Maurice A. Biot Medal on Porous Media (2009)
  • Euler Medal (2010)
  • Olgierd A. Zienkiewicz Medal of the Polish Association of Computational Mechanics (2011)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Conference of Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences ICCES (2012).

Membership

  • Accademia Galileiana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
  • National (Italian) Academy of Sciences (“dei XL”)
  • Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.
  • Istituto Lombardo di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, (corresponding member)
  • Senior Affiliate Member of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston (2011-).

Publications (selected)

  • G. Sciumè, D.P. Boso, W.G. Gray, C. Cobelli, B.A. Schrefler,A two-phase model of plantar tissue: a step towards prediction of diabetic foot ulceration, Int. J. Num Methods Biom. Eng, Online first, May 19, 2014, doi: 10.1002/cnm.2650.
  • G. Bao, Y. Bazilevs, J.H. Chung, P. Decuzzi, H.D. Espinosa, M. Ferrari, H. Gao, S.S. Hossain, T.J.R. Hughes, R.D. Kamm, W.K. Liu, A. Marsden, B.A. Schrefler, USNCTAM Perspectives on Mechanics in Medicine, J. R. Soc. Interface, 11:20140301, dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2014.0301, sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/iutam.
  • S. Secchi, B.A. Schrefler, Hydraulic fracturing and its peculiarities, Asia Pacific Journal on Computational Engineering, 1, 8 (2014), doi: 10.1186/2196-1166-1-8.
  • P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, W.K. Liu, Nanomedicine, Computational Mechanics, 53, 3 (2014) 401–402.
  • G. Sciumè, W.G. Gray, F. Hussain, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, Three phase flow dynamics in tumor growth, Computational Mechanics, 51 (2014) 465–484.
  • G. Sciumè, W.G. Gray, M. Ferrari, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, On Computational modeling in tumor growth, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, 4 (2013) 327–352.
  • W.G. Gray, C.T. Miller, B.A. Schrefler, Averaging theory for description of environmental problems: What have we learned, Advances in Water Resources 51 (2013) 123–138.
  • G. Sciumè, S.E. Shelton , W.G. Gray, C.T. Miller, F. Hussain, M. Ferrari, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, A multiphase model for three dimensional tumor growth, New Journal of Physics 15 (2013) 015005 (35p), www.njp.org.
  • A. Leygue, F. Chinesta, M. Beringhier, T.L. Nguyen, J.C. Grandidier, F. Pesavento, B.A. Schrefler, Towards a framework for non-linear thermal models in shell domains, I.J. Heat and Fluid Flow, 23 (2013): 55-73.
  • G. Sciume, S.E. Shelton, W.G. Gray, C.T. Miller, F. Hussain, M. Ferrari, P. Decuzzi, B.A. Schrefler, Tumor Growth Modeling from the Perspective of Multiphase Porous Media Mechanics, MCB (2012), 9, 3 193-212.