Andrew Drescher

Andrew Drescher

Andrew Drescher

Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering


Civil Engineering Building
Room 260
500 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


  • M. Civil Eng., 1959, University of Szczecin, Poland
  • M. Eng. Geol., 1964, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Dr. Ing., 1968, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Warsaw, Poland

Professional Background

  • Assistant Professor, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 1968-77
  • Associate Professor, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, 1977-80
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1980
Research Interests

Research activities have concentrated on fundamental aspects of testing and modeling the mechanical behavior of frictional/cohesive materials. In particular, the problem of spontaneous formation of inhomogeneities in the deformation field in soils and rocks (bifurcation phenomena) has been studied analytically and experimentally; and novel biaxial apparati have been designed. Viscoelastic properties of asphalt concrete have been investigated.

Analytical methods of the theory of plasticity have been applied to geotechnical problems, as well as to problems of flow of bulk materials.

Recent research projects include limit load evaluation for associated and non-associated materials in problems of slope stability and earth pressure, and mass/funnel flow criteria for hoppers.

Note: Prof. Drescher is no longer accepting graduate students for advising.

Selected Publications

Boukpeti, N., Z. Mroz, and A. Drescher. 2002. A model for static liquefaction in triaxial compression and extension. Canad. Geotech. J., 39: 1243-53.

Erickson, H.L., and A. Drescher. 2002. Bearing capacity of circular footings. J. Geotech. Geoenv. Eng. ASCE. 128: 38-43.

Boukpeti, N. and A. Drescher. 2001. Undrained biaxial response of Superior sand model. FLAC and Numerical Modeling in Geoengineering, Billaux, et al., eds. Swets & Zeitlinger, 7-13.

Waters, A. J. and A. Drescher. 2000. Modeling plug flow in bins/hoppers. Powder Techn., 113:168-75.

Garagash, D., A. Drescher and E. Detournay. 2000. Stationary shock in cohesive-frictional materials. Mech. Coh-Fric. Mat., 5:195-214.

Boukpeti, N. and A. Drescher. 2000. Triaxial behavior of refined Superior sand model. Comp. Geotechn., 26:65-81.

Dawson, E. M., W. H. Roth and A. Drescher. 1999. Slope stability analysis by strength reduction. Geotechnique, 49:835-40.

Heimdahl, T. C. and A. Drescher. 1999. Elastic anisotropy of tire shreds. J. Geot. Geoenv. Eng., ASCE, 125:383-9.

Drescher, A. 1998. Some aspects of flow of granular materials in hoppers. Proc. Royal Soc. London, Transactions A., 356:2649-66.

Zhang, W., A. Drescher, and D. E. Newcomb. 1997. Viscoelastic analysis of diametral compression of of asphalt concrete. J. Engrg. Mech., ASCE, 123:596-603.