Bernhard Schrefler

Hans Fischer Senior Fellow

University of Padova

Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering

Wolfgang Wall

Focus Group
Computational Transport Oncophysics

Short CV

Bernhard A. Schrefler holds a ME degree from the University of Padua (summa cum laude), a PhD and a DSc from the Swansea University, Wales. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Padua, Senior Affiliate Member of the Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston TX, Hans Fischer Senior Fellow, awarded by the TÜV SÜD Foundation, at the Institute for Advanced Study, Technical University of Munich; Secretary General of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Udine, Regional Editor of Mechanics Research Communications, Co-editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Computational Engineering, and Associate Editor of Biomedical Microdevices. He has written over 430 papers, 46 book chapters, authored 5 and edited 37 books. Dr. Schrefler is member of the National (Italian) Academy of Sciences (XL), of the Accademia Galileiana di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, and of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.

The fellowship of Bernhard Schrefler was awarded by the TÜV SÜD Foundation.

Selected Awards

  • 2016, Gauss-Newton-Medal, International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM)
  • 2010, Euler Medal, European Community for Computational Methods in Applied Sciences
  • 2010, Doctorate honoris causa, Ecole Normale Superieure, Cachan, France
  • 2009, Maurice A. Biot Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE
  • 2008, Doctorate honoris causa, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 2007, Honorary Professor, Dalian University of Technology, Cina
  • 2006, Chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes Académiques, France
  • 2006, Honorary Doctorate in Engineering, Leibniz University Hanover
  • 2005, Honorary Fellow, University of Wales, Swansea
  • 2002, Doctorate honoris causa, University of Technology of Lodz
  • 2000, Doctorate honoris causa, St. Petersburg State Technical University

Research Interests

Structural mechanics, Multiphysics in porous media, controlled thermonuclear fusion technology and mechanics in medicine

Selected Publications

  • Sciumè, G; Santagiuliana, R; Ferrari, M; Decuzzi, P; Schrefler, B A: A tumor growth model with deformable ECM. Phys. Biol. 11 (6), 2014, 065004.
  • Simoni, Luciano; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: Multi Field Simulation of Fracture. In: Advances in Applied Mechanics. Elsevier BV, 2014.
  • Sciumè, G.; Gray, W. G.; Hussain, F.; Ferrari, M.; Decuzzi, P.; Schrefler, B. A.: Three phase flow dynamics in tumor growth. Computational Mechanics 53 (3), 2013, 465-484.
  • Sciumè, G; Shelton, S; Gray, W G; Miller, C T; Hussain, F; Ferrari, M; Decuzzi, P; Schrefler, B A: A multiphase model for three-dimensional tumor growth. New Journal of Physics 15 (1), 2013, 015005.
  • Secchi, S.; Schrefler, B. A.: A method for 3-D hydraulic fracturing simulation. Int J Fract 178 (1-2), 2012, 245-258.
  • G. Gray, William; A. Schrefler, Bernhard: Analysis of the solid phase stress tensor in multiphase porous media. Int. J. Numer. Anal. Meth. Geomech. 31 (4), 2007, 541-581.
  • Gawin, Dariusz; Pesavento, Francesco; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: Hygro-thermo-chemo-mechanical modelling of concrete at early ages and beyond. Part I: hydration and hygro-thermal phenomena. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 67 (3), 2006, 299-331.
  • Gawin, D.; Pesavento, F.; Schrefler, B.A.: Modelling of hygro-thermal behaviour of concrete at high temperature with thermo-chemical and mechanical material degradation. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 192 (13-14), 2003, 1731-1771.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Gawin, Dariusz; Pesavento, Francesco; Koniorczyk, Marcin; Schrefler, Bernhard A: Non-equilibrium modeling hysteresis of water freezing: Ice thawing in partially saturated porous building materials. Journal of Building Physics 43 (2), 2019, 61-98 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Peruzzo, C.; Cao, D.T.; Milanese, E.; Favia, P.; Pesavento, F.; Hussain, F.; Schrefler, B.A.: Dynamics of fracturing saturated porous media and self-organization of rupture. European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids 74, 2019, 471-484 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Peruzzo, C.; Simoni, L.; Schrefler, B.A.: On stepwise advancement of fractures and pressure oscillations in saturated porous media. Engineering Fracture Mechanics 215, 2019, 246-250 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Santagiuliana, Raffaella; Milosevic, Miljan; Milicevic, Bogdan; Sciumè, Giuseppe; Simic, Vladimir; Ziemys, Arturas; Kojic, Milos; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: Coupling tumor growth and bio distribution models. Biomedical Microdevices 21 (2), 2019 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Cao, Toan D.; Hussain, Fazle; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: Porous media fracturing dynamics: stepwise crack advancement and fluid pressure oscillations. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids 111, 2018, 113-133 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Kremheller, Johannes; Vuong, Anh-Tu; Yoshihara, Lena; Wall, Wolfgang A.; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: A monolithic multiphase porous medium framework for (a-)vascular tumor growth. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering 340, 2018, 657-683 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Mascheroni, Pietro; Schrefler, Bernhard Aribo: In Silico Models for Nanomedicine: Recent Developments. Current Medicinal Chemistry 25 (34), 2018, 4192-4207 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Mikaeili, Ehsan; Schrefler, Bernhard: XFEM, strong discontinuities and second-order work in shear band modeling of saturated porous media. Acta Geotechnica 13 (6), 2018, 1249-1264 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Ziemys, Arturas; Kojic, Milos; Milosevic, Miljan; Schrefler, Bernhard; Ferrari, Mauro: Multiscale models for transport and biodistribution of therapeutics in cancer. In: Computer Aided Chemical Engineering. Elsevier, 2018 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )


  • Cao, Toan Duc; Milanese, Enrico; Remij, Ernst W.; Rizzato, Paolo; Remmers, Joris J.C.; Simoni, Luciano; Huyghe, Jacques M.; Hussain, Fazle; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: Interaction between crack tip advancement and fluid flow in fracturing saturated porous media. Mechanics Research Communications 80, 2017, 24-37 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Mascheroni, P; Carfagna, M; Grillo, A; Boso, DP; Schrefler, BA: An avascular tumor growth model based on porous media mechanics and evolving natural states. Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids 23 (4), 2017, 686-712 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Mascheroni, Pietro; Boso, Daniela; Preziosi, Luigi; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: Evaluating the influence of mechanical stress on anticancer treatments through a multiphase porous media model. Journal of Theoretical Biology 421, 2017, 179-188 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Milanese, Enrico; Cao, Toan Duc; Simoni, Luciano; Schrefler, Bernhard A.: Fracturing in Dry and Saturated Porous Media. In: Computational Methods in Applied Sciences. Springer International Publishing, 2017 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Santagiuliana, Raffaella; Pereira, Rui C.; Schrefler, Bernhard A.; Decuzzi, Paolo: Predicting the role of microstructural and biomechanical cues in tumor growth and spreading. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering 34 (3), 2017, e2935 mehr… BibTeX Volltext ( DOI )
  • Schrefler, Bernhard: Computational Transport Oncophysics. Expressions (IACM) 40, 2017, 7-12 mehr… BibTeX