Juan Bernal-Sanchez

Juan BernalSanchez

Mr Juan Bernal-Sanchez

Associate Lecturer

Biography

Mr Juan Bernal Sanchez completed his first degree with the class medal in Civil Engineering at Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (Spain) in 2013. Meanwhile, he worked as an intern student at the department of metallic structures on the process of amending and adapting the Spanish code according to the Eurocode 3 (UNE EN 1993-1). After a 2-year period studying at Edinburgh Napier University, he completed a MEng specialised in Geotechnics, Structure and Transport. He was awarded with the class medal and won the prize granted by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) in recognition for his dissertation project. He has recently completed a PhD in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering at Edinburgh Napier University.

Since 2018, Mr Juan Bernal Sanchez has worked at Edinburgh Napier University as an Associate Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering and since 2019 he has been heavily involved in the preparation and delivery of the Graduate Apprenticeship Programme in Civil Engineering. He has participated in a wide range of modules including Construction Surveying, Principles of Civil Engineering, Engineering Materials and the Work Based Learning, specifically organised for the GA students. He has also participated in international projects with other European universities whilst working on ICEW, or teaching Soil Mechanics at Shangai Normal University.

Mr Juan Bernal Sanchez research involves advanced laboratory testing and numerical modelling on the area of soil mechanics. The title of his PhD is "Cyclic performance of rubber-soil mixtures to enhance seismic protection". The aim of his project seeks to enhance the resistance of soil foundations against seismic events with the introduction of a mixture composed of recycled rubber tyres combined with sand particles. His research has been published widely in international journals and conference proceedings. He has been granted with various prizes for his investigation: best oral presentation at the 14th BGA Young Geotechnical Engineers’ Symposium (2016), 2nd best presentation at Public Speaking Competition (2017), 2nd prize at Poster and Presentation Competition 2017 ICE Scottish Geotechnical Group. He was also granted with the Bhabha PhD Placement Programme (2018), being able to participate in a two months placement and thus enable the collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (India).

Research Groups

Events

Esteem

Editorial Activity

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

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • 2017 Public Speaking Competition organised by Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Poster and Presentation Competition 2017 organised by ICE Scottish Geotechnical Group
  • 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)
  • 2015 University Medal Winner in Civil Engineering
  • Institute of Civil Engineers Prize

 

Media Activity

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

 

Date


3 results

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. (in press)
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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