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The activities as a Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) (since 1995) are motivated by the following vision :
Methods for the examination of existing structures (Examineering) must be developed with the ultimate goal to limit construction intervention (and thus the clients expenditure) to a strict minimum. If interventions are necessary then their objective is to improve the structure (not just to repair it). This goal is in agreement with the principles of sustainable development.
birth date: 19.11.1958
nationality: Swiss (native from Dussnang, Canton of Thurgau)
- July 1988 : doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland with a thesis entitled Fracture mechanics of dam concrete subjected to quasi-static and seismic loading conditions
- December 1983 : civil engineering diploma (university degree) from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland
Professional Experience :
- Since 1st April 1995 : Professor of Structural Engineering at EPFL and Head of the Laboratory of Maintenance, Construction and Safety for Civil Structures (MCS) (often considered being the first chair worldwide devoted exclusively to existing civil structures).
- 1991-94 Project Manager and structural engineer with the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), Division of Bridges and Structures, Zurich: Monitoring and maintenance of bridges and structures, Project manager and checking engineer for the construction of new bridges and rehabilitation of existing bridges.
- 1989/90 Research associate at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA : Fracture mechanics of concrete and fracture of concrete dams.
- 1986-88 Doctoral student at EPFL-LMC (Building Materials, Prof. Wittmann) : Fracture mechanics of concrete, fracture of concrete dams under seismic loading
- 1984/85 Research engineer at EPFL-ICOM (Steel Structures, Prof. Badoux and Prof. Hirt) : Fatigue behaviour and fracture mechanics of riveted bridges
The basic approach is to bring material and structural engineering sciences together !
The ultimate goal is to apply results from scientific research to solve issues related to civil structures. The domains include:
- time dependant reliability and safety of structures including remaining fatigue life, dynamic behaviour and resistance of existing bridges
- measurement and monitoring of structural behaviour and action effects
- non-destructive testing methods
- Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) and high performance steel reinforcement for the improvement of existing and new concrete structures
Bachelor and Master courses for civil engineering students at EPFL :
- Safety and serviceability of civil structures (BA: 4th semester)
- Aesthetics of civil structures (MA: 8th semester)
- Existing structures I Safety and durability (MA: 7th semester)
- Existing structures II - Interventions (MA: 8th semester)
- Risk management (MA: 8th semester)
Doctoral School - Program Civil and Environmental Engineering :
- Fracture mechanics and fatigue of structures (CIVIL-702)
- Experimental investigation in structural mechanics (CIVIL-703)
C. Technology Transfer and Consulting
- Examination of existing structures (bridges (reinforced concrete, riveted steel, natural stone masonry) and buildings) and interventions for their improvement
- Structural preservation of structures of high cultural value and evaluation of aesthetics of civil structures
- Professional committees, codes
- Examination and conceptual design of interventions on more than 15 medium and large size bridges and on more than 10 bridges with high cultural value in Switzerland.
- Collaboration within several code writing committees, in particular SIA 269 codes on existing structures (to be released in 2011)
- Publication of the book : Brühwiler, E., Menn, C.: Stahlbetonbrücken (Reinforced Concrete Bridges). Dritte, aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage, Springer Verlag Wien New York, 2003, 551 S (in German). (Updating and extension of the book Stahlbetonbrücken initially published in 1984 by Prof. Christian Menn (ETH Zurich).
10 recent peer reviewed papers
Conciatori, D., Laferrière, F. and Brühwiler, E. "Comprehensive modeling of chloride ion and water ingress into concrete considering thermal and carbonation state for a real climate", Cement and Concrete Research, 40, 2010, p.109-118.
Ludescher, H., Brühwiler, E., Dynamic amplification of traffic loads on road bridges, Structural Engineering International, Volume 19, Number 2, May 2009, 190-197(8).
Conciatori, D., Brühwiler, E., Morgenthaler, S., Calculation of reinforced concrete corrosion initiation probabilities using the Rosenblueth method. International Journal of Reliability and Safety, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2009, pp. 345-362.
Menétrey, Ph., Brühwiler, E., Design and experimental investigation of the joints of inclined struts for the widening of bridge deck slabs, Structural Engineering International, IABSE Zurich, November 2008, pp. 337-342. (Best paper award in 2009)
Conciatori, D., Sadouki, H., Brühwiler, E., Capillary suction and diffusion model for chloride ingress into concrete, Cement and Concrete Research, Volume 38, Issue 12, December 2008, pp. 1401-1408.
Kamen, A., Denarié, E., Sadouki, H., Brühwiler, E., Thermo-mechanical response of UHPFRC at early age - experimental study and numerical simulation. Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 38, Issue 6, June 2008, pp. 822-831.
Charron, J. P., Denarié, E., Brühwiler, E., Transport properties of water and glycol in an Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) under high tensile deformation, Cement and Concrete Research, Vol. 38, 2008, pp. 689-698.
Habel K., Denarié E., Brühwiler E., Experimental Investigation of Composite Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete and Conventional Concrete Members, ACI Structural Journal, Vol. 104, No 1, 2007, pp. 93-101.
Habel K., Denarié E., Brühwiler E., Structural response of elements combining Ultrahigh-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concretes (UHPFRC) and reinforced concrete, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 132, No. 11, November 2006, pp. 1793-1800
Brühwiler, E., Adey, B.: Improving the consideration of life-cycle costs in bridge decision-making in Switzerland. Journal of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 1, No 2, June 2005, pp 145-158.
Recent Conference Papers
Brühwiler, E., Vogel, T., Lang, T., Lüchinger, P., Swiss Code for existing structures Principles and challenges, Joint IABSE fib Sypmposium, Dubrovnik, May 2010.
Brühwiler, E., Lebet, J.-P., Updating of traffic load models, Joint IABSE fib Sypmposium, Dubrovnik, May 2010.
Brühwiler, E., Christian Menns recent bridge designs Reducing structural elements to the simplest solution, Proceedings, New York City Bridge Conference, August 17 18, 2009.
Brühwiler, E., Rehabilitation of bridges using Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete, Proceedings, New York City Bridge Conference, August 17 18, 2009.
Oesterlee, C., Denarié, E., Brühwiler, E., Strength and Deformability Distribution in UHPFRC panels, ConMat09 Nagoya Japan August 24-26 2009, paper no 135.
Grandjean, A., Brühwiler, E., Load-bearing capacity of masonry arch bridges using a plastic model, First International PROHITECH Conference, 21-24 June 2009, Rome, Italy.
Kalogeropoulos, A., Noshiravani, T., Grandjean, A., Brühwiler, E., Ground Penetrating Radar for structure condition survey, Proceedings, 4th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring on Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII-4) 2009, 22-24 July 2009, Zurich, Switzerland.
Brühwiler, E., Improving safety and durability of structures, Proceedings, Keynote lecture, NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Damage assessment and reconstruction after natural disaster and previous military activities, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 5 9, 2008.
Brühwiler, E., Topical issues of bridge management and bridge examination in Switzerland, Keynote lecture, Proceedings, International Symposium Yamaguchi University Ube, July 22-24, 2008.
Brühwiler, E., Rational approach for the management of a medium size bridge stock, Proceedings, IABMAS08: 4th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Seoul, Korea, July 13-17, 2008.
Brühwiler, E., Herwig, A., Consideration of dynamic traffic action effects on existing bridges at ultimate limit state, Proceedings, IABMAS08: 4th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management, Seoul, Korea, July 13-17, 2008.
Brühwiler, E., Denarié, E., Rehabilitation of concrete structures using Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete, Proceedings, UHPC-2008: The Second International Symposium on Ultra High Performance Concrete, March 05 - 07, 2008, Kassel, Germany.
Brühwiler, E., Lifetime oriented composite concrete structures combining reinforced concrete with Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete, Invited Lecture, 3rd International Conference on Lifetime-Oriented Design Concepts, November 12 14, 2007, Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Brühwiler, E., Fehling, E., Bunje, K., Pelke, E.: Design of an innovative composite road bridge combining reinforced concrete with Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete. Proceedings, IABSE Symposium Improving Infrastructure Worldwide, Weimar, September 19 21, 2007.
President of the steering comittee of NRP 54 (National Research Programm) of the Swiss National Science Fund: Sustainable developpement of the built environnment (since 2005)
Reviewer for and member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals
Member of the steering committee of the code project SIA 269 on Existing structures
President of the code committee SIA 260 Principles of design and maintenance of structures (since 2004)
Federal Expert for monuments (bridges and engineering structures) (since 2005)
Other activities and interests:
monuments (reinforced concrete), bridges, art, architecture, reading and writing, nature, sports: running, swimming, hiking.
Fields of expertise
structural and material engineering; existing civil structures in particular bridges of high cultural value; fatigue, dynamics and structural behaviour of bridges; Ultra-high performance fiber reinforced concrete and composite UHPFRC-RC structures.
Teaching & PhD
- Civil Engineering,
- Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Doctoral Program in Architecture and Sciences of the City
Sawicki Bartlomiej Wojciech
Past PhD StudentsAdey Bryan ...
Bastien Masse Maléna ...
Bernard Olivier ...
Birdsall James Denman ...
Broquet Claude ...
Conciatori David ...
Grandjean Alix ...
Grigoriou Vasileios ...
Habel Katrin ...
Herwig Andrin ...
Jafarnejad Chaghooshi Mona ...
Kalogeropoulos Alexis ...
Kamen Aicha ...
Kazemi Kamyab Mohammadhadi ...
Loraux Christophe Thierry ...
Ludescher Hannes ...
Makita Tohru ...
Noshiravani Talayeh ...
Oesterlee Cornelius ...
Radojicic Aleksandar ...
Rocha Pinto Portela Nunes Marina ...
Roelfstra Guido ...
Schläfli Max ...
Switek Agnieszka Ewa ...
Treacy Mark Anthony ...
Wuest John ...
Zgraggen Rémy ...
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