Juan Bernal-Sanchez
Juan BernalSanchez

Dr Juan Bernal-Sanchez

Lecturer

Biography

Dr. Juan Bernal-Sanchez completed his first-class degree in Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (Spain) in 2013, receiving the class medal. Simultaneously, he worked in the Department of Metallic Structures, contributing to the amendment and adaptation of the Spanish code in line with Eurocode 3 (UNE EN 1993-1).

Following a two-year period at Edinburgh Napier University, Dr. Bernal-Sanchez obtained an MEng in Civil Engineering specialising in Geotechnics and Structures. His exceptional academic performance earned him the class medal and the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) prize for his dissertation project. He then completed a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University in 2020.

Since 2018, Dr. Bernal-Sanchez has worked as a Lecturer in Civil & Geotechnical Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University. He has been actively involved in the preparation and delivery of the Graduate Apprenticeship Programme in Civil Engineering. He has participated in various modules, including Civil Engineering Materials, Geotechnics, Foundation Analysis and Design, Geotechnical Earthquake & Offshore Engineering, Principles of Civil Engineering, or Work-Based Learning, organised for Graduate Apprenticeship students. He has also engaged in international projects with other European universities, contributing to ICEW initiatives and teaching Soil Mechanics at Shanghai Normal University.

Dr. Bernal Sanchez's research focuses on advanced laboratory testing and numerical modeling within the field of Geotechnics. His extensive research journey, encompassing both his Ph.D. and subsequent research fellowship, has primarily concentrated on exploring alternative materials to advance a net-zero carbon infrastructure, particularly within the realm of Geotechnical Engineering. His Ph.D. thesis, titled "Cyclic Performance of Rubber-Soil Mixtures to Enhance Seismic Protection".

In collaboration with BE-ST, Highland Council, SEPA, NatureScot, H&IE, and Heriot-Watt University, Dr. Bernal Sanchez's recent work aligns with the overarching goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions. Recognising the significance of peatlands as a crucial asset in reducing annual carbon emissions, particularly in Scotland where 20-25% of the land is covered by peat, his investigation seeks alternative building foundation approaches to minimise peat disturbance and thereby reduce the associated carbon emissions linked to organic matter degradation.

His research findings have been widely disseminated through publications in international journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Bernal Sanchez's exemplary work has earned him various prizes for his research, and he recently secured ERIES (Horizon) funding. This funding enables him to conduct experimental on-site testing, focusing on assessing the feasibility of implementing retrofitted rubber-trenches to mitigate the impact of seismic motions on critical civil infrastructure.

Research Groups

Events

Esteem

Editorial Activity

  • Neumáticos reciclados para evitar el derrumbe de edificios
  • Neumáticos contra los terremotos
  • Indonesia earthquake: how scrap tyres could stop buildings collapsing

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Poster and Presentation Competition 2017 organised by ICE Scottish Geotechnical Group
  • 2017 Public Speaking Competition organised by Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Newton Bhabha PhD Placements Programme granted by British Council in collaboration with Department of Science & Technology
  • Best oral presentation at the 14th BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium (2016)
  • Institute of Civil Engineers Prize
  • 2015 University Medal Winner in Civil Engineering

 

Media Activity

  • Terremoto en Indonesia: neumáticos reciclados para evitar el derrumbe de edificios
  • Edinburgh Napier Impact Magazine. From cycle paths to seismic maths

 

Date


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Exploring the Use of Rock Flour for Sustainable Peat Stabilisation

Conference Proceeding
Bernal-Sanchez, J., Coll, J., Leak, J., & Barreto, D. (2024)
Exploring the Use of Rock Flour for Sustainable Peat Stabilisation. In Geo-Congress 2024: Soil Improvement, Sustainability, Geoenvironmental, and Cold Regions Engineering (450-460). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784485330.046
This paper aims to investigate the mechanical behaviour of peat stabilised with glacial rock flour for foundation construction. Peat, a natural organic soil, presents challeng...

A Grading Entropy Review of PSD-Based Frost Susceptibility Criteria

Conference Proceeding
Leak, J., Barreto, D., Wright, C., Bernal Sanchez, J., & Imre, E. (2024)
A Grading Entropy Review of PSD-Based Frost Susceptibility Criteria. In T. M. Evans, N. Stark, & S. Chang (Eds.), Geo-Congress 2024: Soil Improvement, Sustainability, Geoenvironmental, and Cold Regions Engineering (714-724). https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784485330.072
Particle size distribution (PSD) is recognised among geotechnical engineers as an informative soil descriptor, and often used to predict geomechanical behaviours. However, the...

Carbon impact & mitigation of housing developments on peatlands in the UK - A case study

Conference Proceeding
Bernal-Sanchez, J., & Gaspari, A. (2023)
Carbon impact & mitigation of housing developments on peatlands in the UK - A case study. In Proceedings of the ISSMGE TC215 9th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics 25-28 June 2023 (361-371). https://doi.org/10.53243/ICEG2023-216
Peatlands are a key asset in the drive to reduce annual carbon emissions due to their potential as a carbon sink. This is especially important in Scotland where 25% of the lan...

Dynamic Behaviour of a Geotechnical Seismic Isolation System with Rubber-Sand Mixtures to Enhance Seismic Protection

Conference Proceeding
Bernal-Sanchez, J., McDougall, J., Miranda-Manzanares, M., & Barreto, D. (2022)
Dynamic Behaviour of a Geotechnical Seismic Isolation System with Rubber-Sand Mixtures to Enhance Seismic Protection. In Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering & Seismology (2674-2683
A Geotechnical Seismic Isolation (GSI) system is proposed in this study based on the use of Rubber-Soil mixtures (RSm) to facilitate the benefits of dynamic soil-foundation st...

Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeships: A feasibility study into development of an MSc programme based on review of current undergraduate provision

Conference Proceeding
Leitch, K., Bernal-Sanchez, J., & Macfarlane, R. (2022)
Civil Engineering Graduate Apprenticeships: A feasibility study into development of an MSc programme based on review of current undergraduate provision. In Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium for Engineering Education
This paper details the findings of a study undertaken at Edinburgh Napier University to assess the feasibility of developing an existing Graduate Apprentice programme in Civil...

Housing Construction On Peatland: Phase 1 Report

Report
Bernal-Sanchez, J., McDougall, J., Medero, G., Cook, D., & Barreto, D. (2021)
Housing Construction On Peatland: Phase 1 Report. Edinburgh: Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
The economic development and social resilience of communities in rural Scotland is being hampered by a shortage of affordable housing. Nationally, about 23,000 new homes per y...

Cyclic performance of rubber-soil mixtures to enhance seismic protection

Thesis
Bernal Sanchez, J. Cyclic performance of rubber-soil mixtures to enhance seismic protection. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2683555
The disposal of scrap tyres has become a major environmental problem around the world. For its recovery, a geomaterial has been used as part of civil constructions, commonly k...

Experimental assessment of stiffness and damping in rubber-sand mixtures at various strain levels

Conference Proceeding
Bernal-Sanchez, J., Mcdougall, J., Barreto, D., Marinelli, A., Dimitriadi, V., Anbazhagan, P., & Miranda, M. (2019)
Experimental assessment of stiffness and damping in rubber-sand mixtures at various strain levels. In Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering for Protection and Development of Environment and Constructions, (1403-1410
The dynamic properties of shredded rubber-soil mixtures (ShRm), comprising a sub-rounded quartz sand combined with small rubber shreds at 0, 10, 20, 30% by mass, were investig...

Particle-scale interaction in sand-rubber mixtures and their influence on energy dissipation mechanisms

Journal Article
Fonseca, J., Riaz, A., Bernal-Sanchez, J., Barreto Gonzalez, D., McDougall, J., Miranda Manzanares, M., …Dimitriadi, V. (2019)
Particle-scale interaction in sand-rubber mixtures and their influence on energy dissipation mechanisms. Géotechnique Letters, 9(4), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1680/jgele.18.00221
Sand-rubber mixture (SRm) behaviour is affected by rubber content (RC) whilst dissipation in sands is caused by inter-particle sliding. Dissipation in SRm is as, or more signi...

Dynamic behaviour of shredded rubber soil mixtures

Conference Proceeding
Bernal-Sanchez, J., McDougall, J., Barreto Gonzalez, D., Miranda, M., & Marinelli, A. (2018)
Dynamic behaviour of shredded rubber soil mixtures. In Proceedings of the 16th European Conference in Earthquake Engineering
Residential buildings in high population density areas are seismically vulnerable to the action of major seismic events. The high cost and technical difficulties related to th...

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