Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale (Fracture and Structural Integrity) is the International Journal of the Italian Group of Fracture (ISSN 1971-8993). It is an open-access journal published online every three months (January, April, July, October). The Journal is financially supported by Italian Group of Fracture and by crowdfunding and is completely free of charge both for readers and for authors. Neither processing charges nor submission charges will be required.
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale encompasses the broad topic of structural integrity, which is based on the mechanics of fatigue and fracture and is concerned with the reliability and effectiveness of structural components. The aim of the Journal is to promote works and researches on fracture phenomena, as well as the development of new materials and new standards for structural integrity assessment. The Journal is interdisciplinary and accepts contributions from engineers, metallurgists, materials scientists, physicists, chemists, and mathematicians.


Sister Associations help the journal managing:
Australia: Australian Fracture Group - AFG
Czech Rep.: Asociace Strojních Inženýrů (Association of Mechanical Engineers)
Greece: Greek Society of Experimental Mechanics of Materials - GSEMM
India: Indian Structural Integrity Society - InSIS
Israel: Israel Structural Integrity Group - ISIG
Italy: Associazione Italiana di Metallurgia - AIM
Italy: Associazione Italiana di Meccanica Teorica ed Applicata - AIMETA
Italy: Società Scientifica Italiana di Progettazione Meccanica e Costruzione di Macchine - AIAS
Poland: Group of Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Materials and Structures
Portugal: Portuguese Structural Integrity Society - APFIE
Romania: Romania Association of Fracture Mechanics - ARMR
Serbia: Structural Integrity and Life Society "Prof. Stojan Sedmak" - DIVK
Spain: Grupo Espanol de Fractura - Sociedad Espanola de Integridad Estructural - GEF
Ukraine: Ukrainian Society on Fracture Mechanics of Materials (USFMM)

The browsable journal is available at this link

Dear friends,
also this issue is really rich, with 69 published papers. Considering that in each issue we manage between 200 and 300 papers, it is evident the effort of the community to support the journal: authors, reviewers, editorial boards members are warmly acknowledged for their efforts, their support and the time they spend on the journal!
With this issue, a crucial number is obtained: more than 1000 (one thousand!!!) papers have been published in “Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale” since its first issue, in 2007. 

In this issue, we have many “Special Sections” and we are grateful to the Guest Editors for their help in the reviewing process. Frankly speaking, without their help it would be impossible to publish issues like the present one. We warmly acknowledge Valerii Matveenko and Oleg Plekhov (SI: Russian mechanics contributions for Structural Integrity), Mohammed Hadj Meliani, Ljubica Milovic and Guy Pluvinage (SI: Fracture Mechanics versus Environment), Raghu Vasu Prakash (SI: Showcasing Structural Integrity Research in India), Manuel Freitas, Luis Reis, Fatima Vaz (SI: New Trends in Fatigue and Fracture) and, finally, Luca Susmel and Michael Vormwald (SI: Crack Tip Fields).

In the last weeks, we activated in the journal three new plugins:
1) pdf embedded in the journal website structure: selecting a pdf, the file now is open inside the journal website;
2) papers statistics for each paper: you are able to visualize how many downloads and view were obtained for each paper, per year and per month.
3) “Online first”. As soon as the reviewing process is completed (... and the paper is accepted!), and the Publishing agreement and Visual Abstract is uploaded, the paper is immediately published in the “Online first” section, being immediately available!

We hope that all these new plugins will be appreciated and, please, feel free to send us your suggestions to further improve the journal. Very best


A 3D analysis of crack-front shape of asymmetric repaired aluminum panels with composite patches

Abdelkader Djebli, El Hadj Besseghier, Mostefa Bendouba, Abdelghani Baltach, Abdelkrim Aid

Damage identification in beams using additional rove mass and wavelet transform

Erwin U. Lopez Palechor, Luciano M. Bezerra, Marcus Vinicius G. de Morais, Ramon S. Y. R. C. Silva, Edenia N. Barros

Carbonization Resistance of Reinforced Concrete under Bending Load

Yan Liu, Jun Ren, Zhongxian Li, Qiuli Gao, Shengli Zhao

Experimental analysis of aluminium/carbon epoxy hybrid laminates under flexural load

Costanzo Bellini, Vittorio Di Cocco, Francesco Iacoviello, Luca Sorrentino

A Determination of fracture toughness in plain concrete specimens by R curve

Hamza Chbani, Bouchra Saadouki, Mostapha Boudlal, Mohamed Barakat

Evaluation on the fatigue behavior of sand-blasted AlSi10Mg obtained by DMLS

Annalisa Pola, Davide Battini, Marialaura Tocci, Andrea Avanzini, Luca Girelli, Candida Petrogalli, Marcello Gelfi

Friction influence on the AA6060 aluminium alloy formability

Costanzo Bellini, Gillo Giuliano, Luca Sorrentino

SI: Russian mechanics contributions for Structural Integrity

Multi-level model describing phase transformations of polycrystalline materials under thermo-mechanical impacts

Nikita Sergeevich Kondratev, Peter Valentinovich Trusov, Elena Sergeevna Makarevich

Numerical model of fracture growth in hydraulic re-fracturing

Oleg Yurievich Smetannikov, Yuriy Aleksandrovich Kashnikov, Sergey Gennadievich Ashikhmin, Artem Eduardovich Kukhtinskiy

Numerical analysis of application limits of Vyalov’s formula for an ice-soil thickness

Maxim Zhelnin, Anastasiia Kostina, Oleg Plekhov, Ivan Panteleev, Lev Levin

Algorithms for calculation damage processes

Aleksandr Dmitrievich Nikitin, Nikolay G. Burago, Ilia S. Nikitin, Boris A. Stratula

Damage evolution in the AMg6 alloy during high and very high cycle fatigue

Mikhail Bannikov, Dmitry Bilalov, Vladimir Oborin, Oleg Naimark

SI: Characterisation of Crack Tip Fields

Approximation of the crack-tip field in fatigue cracks in bridge steel specimens: DIC analysis of different constraint levels

Stanislav Seitl, Petr Miarka, Vladimir Ruzicka, Lucie Malikova, Alejandro Cruces, Pablo Lopez Crespo

Verification of the ΔKeff hypothesis along the fatigue crack path in thin and thick Al specimens

Julián Andrés Ortiz González, Jaime Tupiassú Pinho de Castro, Giancarlo Luis Gomez Gonzáles, Marco Antonio Meggiolaro, José Luiz de França Freire

Multi-parameter fracture mechanics

Lucie Malikova, Hana Simonova, Barbara Kucharczykova, Petr Miarka

Using DIC techniques to measure strain ranges inside the cyclic plastic zone ahead of a fatigue crack tip

Giancarlo luis Gómez Gonzáles, Julián Andrés Ortiz González, Jaime Tupiassú Pinho de Castro, José Luiz de França Freire

SI: Fracture Mechanics versus Environment

SI: New Trends in Fatigue and Fracture

Tension - torsion fatigue tests on the proton exchange membrane Nafion 115 (Perfluorosulfonic acid)


Mixed mode fracture: numerical evaluation and experimental validation using PMMA specimens

Sérgio Alexandre Gonçalves Pereira, Sérgio M.O. Tavares, Paulo M.S.T. de Castro

Characterisation and Evaluation of the Mechanical Behaviour of Endodontic-grade NiTi Wires

Samuel Pereira, André Rui Dantas Carvalho, Luís Reis, Manuel Freitas, Diogo Montalvão

Numerical study of semi-elliptical cracks in the critical position of pipe elbow

Bassam Gamal Nasser Muthanna, Omar Bouledroua, Madjid Meriem-Benziane, Mohammed Hadj-Meliani, Guy Pluvinage, Rami Khalid Suleiman

Analysis of the Fatigue Damage Behavior of AW2099-T83 Al-Li Alloy under Strain-Controlled Fatigue

Muhammed Jamiu Adinoyi, Nesar Merah, Prof., Jafar Albinmousa, Associate Prof

Flexural testing and analysis of full-strain-fields in sandwich composites

Rosa Marat-Mendes, Ricardo Martins, Alexandre Garcia, Luis Reis

SI: Showcasing Structural Integrity Research in India

Editor in Chief and Associate Editors oversee the peer review process for the journal, including evaluating submissions, selecting reviewers and assessing their comments, and making editorial decisions. Together with Advisory Editorial Board and the Editorial Board Members, they are involved in the development of journal policies and ethics standards and work to promote Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale to provide resources, support and advice for researchers, especially early reaserchers, in their journey from writing to publishing their scientific papers while at the same time making free public access to scientific research.

Francesco Iacoviello
Editor in Chief

Luca Susmel
Associate Editor

Thierry Palin-Luc
Associate Editor

Alfredo Navarro
Associate Editor

John Yates
Associate Editor