Journal of Civil Engineering Research

Journal of Civil Engineering Research is an open access scientific journal intended to bring together the information in different areas of civil engineering around the world. The aim of this journal is to combine theory and practice in civil engineering and thus advancement of civil engineering sciences. It will provide a platform for academicians, researchers and engineers to share their experience and solution to problems in different areas of civil engineering.

Roberto Brighenti

Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Civil Engineering Research

Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil-Environmental Engng; Architecture-University of Parma, Italy

Research Areas

Fracture, Fatigue, Structural Mechanics, Computational Mechanics


1993-1997Ph.DFatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Flawed Metallic Structuresat the Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy
1987-1993B.Sc & M.ScCivil Engineering at University of Parma, Italy


1998-2014Assistant professor - Univ. of Parma, Italy
2014-presentAssociate professor - Univ. of Parma, Italy


Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific J. "Thin-Walled Structures 2014-present (Elsevier)
Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific J. "Int. J. of Fatigue" (Elsevier) 2001-2007
Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific Int. J. “Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Material Science (MNSMS)" (Scientific Research Publishing), 2011-present
Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific Int. (open access) J. "ISRN Mechanical Engineering" (Hindawi), 2010-present
Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific Int. “The Scientific World Journal” (Hindawi Publishing Corporation), 2013-present
Member of the Editorial Board of the Scientific Int. (open access) " ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences”, 2011-present
Co-Guest Editor of the special issue Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 108, pp. 1-2, 2013.
Reviewer for more than 60 International Scientific Journals in the fields of structural mechanics, computational mechanics, fracture, fatigue and material science
Member of the European Structural Integrity Society (ESIS)

Publications: Journals

[1]  R. Brighenti, N. Corbari. Dynamic failure in brittle solids and granular matters: a force potential-based particle method. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng, 2015 (DOI: 10.1002/nme.4998) (in press).
[2]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, D. Scorza. Micromechanical crack growth-based fatigue damage in fibrous composites. Int. J. Fatigue, 2015 (doi:10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2015.04.007; 2-s2.0-84928670913, in press).
[3]  R. Brighenti. Smart behaviour of layered plates through the use of auxetic materials. Int. J. Thin-Walled Structures, Vol. 84, pp. 432-442, 2014.
[4]  H. Ghasemi, R. Brighenti, X. Zhuang, J. Muthu, T. Rabczuk. Optimal fiber content and distribution in fiber-reinforced solids using a reliability and NURBS based sequential optimization approach. Int. J. Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, Vol. 51(1), pp. 99-112, 2015.
[5]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri. Surface cracks in fatigued structural components: a review. Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, Vol. 36, pp. 1209-1222, 2013.
[6]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, D. Scorza. Fracture mechanics approach for a partially debonded cylindrical fibre. Composite Part B: Engineering, Vol. 53, pp. 169-178, 2013.
[7]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, N. Corbari. Damage Mechanics and Paris Regime in Fatigue Life Assessment of Metals. Int. J. of Pressure Vessel and Piping, Vol. 104, pp. 57-68, 2013.
[8]  R. Brighenti, D. Scorza, Numerical modelling of the fracture behaviour of brittle materials reinforced with unidirectional or randomly distributed fibres. Mechanics of Materials, Vol. 52, pp. 12-27, 2012.
[9]  R. Brighenti, Influence of a central straight crack on the buckling behaviour of thin plates under tension, compression or shear loading. Int. J. of Mech. and Mat. in Design, Vol. 6, pp. 73-87, 2010.
[10]  R. Brighenti, A new discontinuous FE formulation for crack path prediction in brittle solids. Int. J. of Solids and Structures, Vol. 45, pp. 6501-6517, 2008.
[11]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, S. Vantadori, A genetic algorithm applied to optimisation of patch repairs for cracked plates. Int. J. of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 196, pp. 466-475, 2006.
[12]  R. Brighenti, Application of the element-free Galerkin meshless method to 3-D fracture mechanics problems. Int. J. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 72, No. 18, pp. 2808-2820, 2005.
[13]  R. Brighenti, Fibre distribution optimisation in fibre-reinforced composite by a genetic algorithm. Int. J. Composite Structures, Vol. 71, No. 1, pp. 1-15, 2005.
[14]  R. Brighenti, Numerical modelling of the fatigue behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites. Int. J. of Composite Part B: Engineering, Vol. 35/3, pp. 197-210, 2004
[15]  A. Carpinteri, R. Brighenti, A. Spagnoli, Fracture plane approach in multiaxial high-cycle fatigue of metals. Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, Vol. 23, pp. 355-364, 2000.

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums

[1]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, D. Scorza. A fracture mechanics-based micromechanical model for fatigue behaviour of fibre-reinforced composites. Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Composite/nano Engineering (ICCE-22), Malta, 13 – 19 July 2014.
[2]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, D. Scorza. Quasi brittle matrix composite materials: a computational approach based on discontinuous-like FE and fracture mechanics debonding simulation. Proceedings of the: 11th World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM XI), 5th European Conference on Computational Mechanics (ECCM V), 6th. European Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics (ECFD VI), Eugenio Oñate, Xavier Oliver and Antonio Huerta (Eds.), Minisimposia a061: COMPUTATIONAL TECHNIQUES AND SIMULATION OF DAMAGE/FAILURE IN COMPOSITE MATERIALS, Tomo III, pp. 1721-1731, Barcellona (Spain), 20 – 25 July 2014 (ISBN: 978-84-942844-7-2; 2-s2.0-84923950355).
[3]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, D. Scorza. Fatigue crack propagation simulating fibre debonding in cyclically loaded composites. Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Fracure (ECF 20), Trondheim (Norway), 30 June – 4 July, 2014.
[4]  A. Segalini, A.M. Ferrero, R. Brighenti. Channelized debris flow hazard mitigation through the use of flexible barriers: a simplified computational approach for a sensitivity analysis. EGU General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 April 2013, Vol. 15, paper EGU2013-1991.
[5]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri. Damage Mechanics and Critical Plane Approach to Multiaxial Fatigue. Proceedings of the Seventh Int. Conference on Materials Structure & Micromechanics of Fracture (MSMF-7), Abstract booklet p. 69, Brno, Czech Republic, July 1 - 3, 2013 (ISBN 978-80-214-4739-4).
[6]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, D. Scorza. Computational approach to the fatigue behaviour of randomly or unidirectional fibre reinforced materials. Proceedings of the 6th European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Science and Engineering (ECCOMAS 2012), Vienna (Austria), 10-14 Sept. 2012 (Electronic version, ISBN 978-3-9502481-9-7; Printed version book of abstract, p. 327, ISBN 978-3-9502481-8-0).
[7]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, A. Spagnoli. A theoretical model to describe the influence of material microstructure on fatigue crack propagation. Proceedings of the 19th European Conference on Fracure (ECF19), Kazan (Russia), pp. 99, 26-31 Aug. 2012 (ISBN  9785905576188).
[8]  R. Brighenti, A. Carpinteri, A. Spagnoli, D. Scorza. Discontinuous FE approach and lattice models to describe cracking behaviour in fibre-reinforced brittle materials. Proceedings of the 11th Int. Conf. on Mech. Behaviour of Materials (ICM 11), Procedia Engineering, Vol. 10, 2011, Pp. 2098–2103; 5-9 June 2011, Cernobbio (CO), Italy, doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2011.04.347.

Publications: Books/Book Chapters

[1]  R. Brighenti, ANALISI NUMERICA DEI SOLIDI E DELLE STRUTTURE: fondamenti del Metodo degli Elementi Finiti. Esculapio Ed. (Bologna), 2014 (ISBN: 978-88-7488-798-9).
[2]  J.L. Curiel-Sosa, R. Brighenti, M.C. Serna Moreno, E. Barbieri. Computational techniques for simulation of damage and failure on composites. Chapter 15 of the book Structural Integrity and Durability of Advanced Composites, edited by Eds.: Peter Beaumont, Constantinos Soutis, Alma Hodzic, Woodhead Publishing Series in Composites Science and Engineering, Woodhead Publishing, 2015 (ISBN: 008100138X, 9780081001387).
[3]  R. Brighenti, A micromechanical model and reinforcing distribution optimisation approach for fibre-reinforced materials. Chapt. of the book Fiber Reinforced Composites, Editor Qingzheng (George) Cheng, Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 2012, pp. 527-569, ISBN: 978-1-61470-303-7 (printed), ISBN 978-1-61470-433-1 (e-book).
[4]  R. Brighenti, Computational fracture mechanics: a novel discontinuous-like FE approach for brittle solids. Capitolo del Volume Advances in Mechanics Research Vol. 1, Editor Jeremy M. Campbell, Nova Science Publishers Inc., Hauppauge, NY, 2010, pp. 231-264, ISBN 978-1-61728-105-1 (printed), ISBN 978-1-61728-704-6 (e-book).
[5]  A. Carpinteri, E. Macha, R. Brighenti, A. Spagnoli, Critical fracture plane under multiaxial random loading by means of Euler angles averaging. Capitolo del Volume Multiaxial Fatigue and Fracture, pp. 166-178, Editor E. Macha, W. Bedkowski and T. Lagoda, Elsevier Science Ltd., Oxford, U.K., 1999 (ISBN 9780080433363, doi: 10.1016/S1566-1369(99)80014-4).
[6]  A. Carpinteri, R. Brighenti, A. Sanguanini, A. Spagnoli, Part-through cracked structures under cyclic loading. Capitolo 12 del volume Reliability Assessment of Cyclic Loaded Engineering Structures, pp. 65-99, Editor R.A. Smith, Kluwer Academic Publishers, London, U.K., 1997 (ISBN 978-0-7923-4695-1).
[7]  A. Carpinteri, R. Brighenti, Crack propagation under fatigue loading. Capitolo 12° del libro: Fatigue in Offshore Structures, Editors W.D. Dover e A.G. Madhava Rao, pp. 359-396, Oxford & IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi, India, 1996 (ISBN 9054107138, EAN 9789054107132).