Department of  Engineering & Architecture  -  DIA


Viale delle Scienze, 181/A - 43124 PARMA - ITALY









Roberto Brighenti  Ph.D.


Associate Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics



ResearcherID:          F-4986-2013

Scopus Author ID:  6603794567




Research topics:


  • Mechanics of soft materials (polymers, active responsive materials) (examples).

  • Computational mechanics: development of Finite Elements for mechanical problems.

  • Particle method for solid and granular materials (examples).

  • Meshless methods with application to fracture mechanics.

  • Structural optimisation,  Fracture and fatigue repair optimisation.

  • Composite materials and structures under static and fatigue loading.  Composite materials optimization.

  • Buckling and fracture interaction in thin-walled structures.

  • Discontinuous F.E. for brittle material’s simulation (examples).

  • Experimental behavior, numerical modelling, design, analysis of flawed structures (fatigue and fracture).

  • Multiaxial fatigue modelling and assessment in materials and structures.



Research projects:


H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-03, “Structural Integrity and Reliability of Advanced Materials obtained through additive Manufacturing”, SIRAMM, European project  (action: CSA), Project No. 857124, duration: 42 months (2019-2023).


  • German Research Foundation (DFG) (International Collaboration with Prof. Timon Rabczuk), title: ”Phase field modelling of fracture in elastomeric materials: theoretical and numerical issues in predicting damage and failure in highly deformable materials”, Project No. 418518589.


  • Ministry for Foreign Trade – ICE – Board of the Italian Univ. Rectors (CRUI), “Development and optimisation of a joint connection system for precast coating panels with high thermal insulation properties”, 2010-2011.


Author of about 220 scientific papers

published in International Journals, chapt. of International books and in Proceedings of  national and international conferences 

(Complete List of publications). 



Editorial activities:


Other Scientific Activities

  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Journal “Materials” (MDPI, IF=3.057) on “Damage and failure of polymers, polymer-like materials, adhesives and polymer nanocomposites”, 2019.

  • Co-Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Journal “Advances in Materials Science and Engineering” (Hindawi Publ.) on “Mechanics, Fatigue, and Fracture of Structural Joints”, 2019 (

  • Co-Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Journal “Engineering Fracture Mechanics” related to the international conference “Crack Path 2015”,  Vol. 167, 2016.

  • Co-Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the Journal “Engineering Fracture Mechanics” related to the international conference “Crack Path 2012”,  Vol. 108, 2013.

  • Member of the Int. Scientific Committee of the “First International Symposium on Risk Analysis and Safety of Complex Structures and Components” (IRAS2019,, July 1-2, 2019, Porto, Portugal.

  • Member of the Int. Scientific Committee of the “Eighth International Conference on Thin-Walled Structures” (ICTWS’18,, July 24-27, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Member of the Int. Scientific Committee of the “7th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Structures” (AMS’18,, March 28-31, 2018, Timisoara, Romania.

  • Member of the Int. Scientific Committee of the “7th International Conference on Coupled Instabilities in Metal Structures” (CIMS 2016,, Baltimore, Maryland (USA), November 7-8, 2016.

Referee for scientific Int. Journals:

1.      ‘Engineering Fracture Mechanics’,

2.      ‘Int. J. of Fatigue’,

3.      ‘Int. J. of Mechanical Sciences’,

4.      'Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures'

5.      ‘Int. J. of Energy Technology and Policy’,

6.      ‘Structural Durability & Health Durability’,

7.      'Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering',

8.      'Int. J. of Solids and Structures',

9.      'Sadhana',

10.    'Structural Engineering and Mechanics',

11.    ‘Thin-Walled Structures’,

12.    ‘J. of Zhejiang University - Science A’,

13.    ‘Composite Structures’,

14.    'Materials & Design',

15.    ‘World Applied Sciences J.’,

16.    ‘Nuclear Engineering and Design’,

17.    ‘Materials Science and Engineering A’,

18.    ‘Materials Science and Engineering B’,

19.    ‘Archives of Mechanics’,

20.    ‘J. of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)’,

21.    ‘Experimental Mechanics’,

22.    ‘Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures’,

23.    ‘ISRN Mechanical Engineering’ (Hindawi Publishing),

24.    ‘Journal of Materials Science’,

25.    ‘Mechanics Research Communications’,

26.    ‘Indian Journal of Engineering & Materials Sciences’,

27.    ‘International Journal of Engineering, Science and Technology’,

28.    ‘Journal of Testing and Evaluation’,

29.    ‘Composites part B: engineering’,

30.    ‘J. of Civil Engineering Research' (Scientific & Academic Publishing),

31.    ‘Journal of Mechanical Engineering Research’ (JMER) (Academic Journals Publishing),

32.    ‘Engineering Failure Analysis’,

33.    'Modeling and Numerical Simulation of Material Science’ (Scientific Research Publishing),

34.    'Advances in Mechanical Engineering’ (Hindawi Publishing),

35.    'Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics,

36.    'Scientific World Journal' (Hindawi Publishing),

37.    'Meccanica'.

38.    ‘Journal of Composite Materials’ (SAGE),

39.    ‘Advances in Materials Science and Engineering’ (Hindawi Publishing),

40.    ‘Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures’ (Emerald),

41.    ‘Ships and Offshore Structures’ (Taylor & Francis),

42.    ‘Structural Engineering and Mechanics’ (Techno Press),

43.    ‘Composites part A: applied science and manufacturing’,

44.    ‘Frontiers in Physics - Computational Physics’ (Frontiers & Nature Publishing Group),

45.    ‘Advances in Engineering Software’,

46.    ‘Materials’ (MDPI AG, Switzerland),

47.    Geotechnique Letters’ (ICE  Virtual Library publishing),

48.   ‘Scientific Research and Essays’ (Academic Journals publishing),

49.   ‘Journal of Dentistry’ (Elsevier),

50.   ‘Mathematical Problems in Engineering’ (Hindawi Publishing),

51.   ‘Reinforced Plastics and Composites’ (SAGE Publications),

52.   ‘Polymers’ (MDPI AG, Switzerland),

53.   ‘Advanced Engineering Materials’ (Wiley),

54.   ‘Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials’ (Elsevier),

55.   ‘Advanced Science, Engineering and Medicine’ (American Scientific Publishers),

56.   ‘Polymer Testing’ (Elsevier),

57.   ‘J. Mech. Physics of Solids’ (Elsevier),

58.   ‘Materials Science and Engineering’ (MSE), IOP Conference Series,

59.   ‘Computers, Materials & Continua’ (Tech Science Press),

60.   ‘Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering’ (Elsevier),

61.   ‘Metals' (MDPI),

62.   ‘Engineering with Computers’ (Springer),

63.   ‘Advanced Theory and Simulations’ (Wiley),

64.   ‘International Journal of Impact Engineering’ (Elsevier),

65.   ‘Advances in Mechanical Engineering’ (SAGE),

66.   ‘Steel and Composite Structures’ (SAGE),

67.   ‘Defence Technology’ (Elsevier),

68.   ‘Applied Mathematical Modelling’ (Elsevier),

69.   ‘Mechanics of Materials’ (Elsevier),

70.   ‘Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures’ (Math. Sciences Pub.),

71.   ‘Europ. J. Mechanics /A solids’ (Elsevier),

72.   ‘Applied Materials Today’ (Elsevier),

73.   ‘Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation’ (Elsevier),

74.   ‘Computer & Structures’ (Elsevier),

75.   ‘Computational Materials Science’ (Elsevier).





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