Research for code development leads the way to safe new applications of steel as a structural material for buildings and bridges. High-strength steels for single use or in composite and hybrid structures are the future".
Bert Snijder is a Full Professor and holds the Chair of Structural Design (Steel Structures) at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His key areas of expertise include civil and structural engineering, mechanics of materials, structural and stress analysis, finite element analysis and structural design in relation to architecture. His research interests concern strength, stability and fatigue of steel structures. He is also interested in structural systems, connections, cold-formed sections, composite and hybrid structures and high-strength steel applications. The application domain concerns buildings and bridges. Research on strength, stability and fatigue contributes to a better understanding of structural behavior resulting in new and better design rules. Recently, a research project was carried out to investigate the residual stress levels in S460 Jumbo sections for the American high-rise building market and to determine the appropriate buckling curves to be used for these sections. Structural systems with steel concern pre-stressed steel structures, stay-cable structures and stability structures in high-rise steel buildings. Connection research focuses on the mechanical behavior of bolted and welded connections. The research on cold-formed sections contributes to a broader application of cold-formed thin-walled plate products and sections. In composite and hybrid structures, steel is combined with concrete, timber, glass or FRP such that all materials are optimally used. For high-strength steels, it has to be investigated whether current design rules are still appropriate or new design rules have to be developed.
After obtaining his MSc in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Bert Snijder worked as a researcher at TNO and as a structural engineer / project manager at NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Dutch Railways) and the engineering office that emerged from NS. Here, he gained practical experience in designing railway stations and bridges.
He chaired the editorial board of Structural Engineering International, the journal of IABSE (International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering) and is currently vice-president of IABSE. He represents The Netherlands in the European code committee responsible for the content of Eurocode 3 on steel structures and he chairs the Working Group on EN 1993-1-1 of this committee. He also chairs Technical Committee 8 ‘Stability’ of the ECCS (European Convention for Constructional Steelwork). He is member of many (inter)national committees and (co)author of many journal articles and conference papers.
Fatigue life prediction of hot-riveted shear connections using system reliabilityEngineering Structures (2019)
Partial factors for fatigue loads in the Eurocode system for road bridge design2018 European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2018) (2018)
Reliability-based fatigue life estimation of shear riveted connections considering dependency of rivet hole failuresMATEC Web of Conferences (2018)
Uncertainty analysis of constant amplitude fatigue test data employing the six parameters random fatigue limit modelMATEC Web of Conferences (2018)
Effective second moment of area of uniform built-up membersStahlbau (2018)
- Stability of structures
- Advanced steel and aluminum structures
- Steel structures and applied mechanics
- Dimensioning of structures
- Lid van het Algemeen Bestuur, Docent in cursussen van de Vereniging, Bouwen met Staal, Vereniging
- Bestuurslid, Stichting Postacademisch Onderwijs Civiele techniek en Bouwtechniek
- Review van producten (brochures e.d.), Bouwen met Staal
- Lidmaatschap examencommissie MSEng opleiding, Betonvereniging/Bouwen met staal
- Lid Stichtingsbestuur, Stichting IABSE