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)

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Dear friends, this is a very rich issue for Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale. 70 papers organized both in “regular submissions” and “special issues” (maybe, better, “Focused on” sections) confirm the success of our Journal. This time I wish to warmly thank all the Guest Editors of the “Focused on” section for their hard work: they all followed the reviewing process, allowing to publish a really high quality issue. For the Crack Paths section, we have the contribution of Sabrina Vantadori, Andrea Carpinteri and Andrea Spagnoli (all of them from the Università di Parma, Italy). For the Portuguese contributions for Structural Integrity the issue had the contribution of Paulo N. B. Reis (from the Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal) and of Abilio M. P. Silva (from the University of Porto, Portugal). Last but not least, the Showcasing Structural Integrity Research in India section was organized by Raghu Vasu Prakash (from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India) and the Design of Civil Environmental Engineering organized by Mauro Sassu, Fausto Mistretta, Flavio Stochino (from Università di Cagliari) and Franco Bontempi, Konstantinos Gkoumas (from Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)

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Finite Element Analysis of Interactions of between two cracks in FGM notched Plate under Mechanical Loading

Aboubakar Seddik Bouchikhi, Abdelkader Lousdad, Khalfi Yassine, Nasser Eddine Bouida, Sadek Gouasmi, Abdelkader Megueni

Low velocity failure and integrity assessment of foam core sandwich panels

Oana Alexandra Mocian, Dan Mihai Constantinescu, Stefan Sorohan, Marin Sandu

Fatigue strength evaluation and fracture behavior of joined dual phase steel/AA6061-T6 aluminum alloy

Ruben Perez Mora, Celso Eduardo Cruz Gonzalez, Saul Daniel Santillan Gutierrez, Jose Jaime Taha Tijerina, Benjamin Vargas Arista, Arturo Barba Pingarron

Localized wrinkling of metal films on elastic and liquid substrates

Yi Sun, Liping Yan, Benyong Chen, Wei Song, Filippo Berto

Effect of protective coatings on the water absorption and mechanical properties of 3D printed PLA

Carlos Vicente, João Fernandes, Augusto Deus, Maria Vaz, Marco Leite, Luis Reis

SI: Crack Paths

Crack paths in soft thin sheets

Roberto Brighenti, Prof., Andrea Carpinteri, Prof., Federico Artoni

Fatigue crack growth in welded S355 specimens subjected to combined loadings

Roberto Brighenti, Prof., Janusz Lewandowski, Prof., Dariusz Rozumek, Prof., Grzegorz Lesiuk, Prof.

The experimental study of heat dissipation during fatigue crack propagation under biaxial loading

Aleksei Vshivkov, Oleg Plekhov, Anastasiia Iziumova, Aleksandr Zakharov, Valery Shlyannikov

Numerical crack growth study on porosity afflicted cast steel specimens

Manuel Schuscha, Martin Leitner, Michael Stoschka, Stefan Pusterhofer, Giovanni Meneghetti

Granite stone subjected to ultrasonic fatigue tests under three point bending modality


Experimental characterization of fiber-reinforced cementitious mortar under tension

Patrizia Bernardi, Roberto Cerioni, Daniele Ferretti, Filippo Leurini, Elena Michelini

A novel algorithm for crack path identification based on infrared images

Luca Romanin, Alexei Vinogradov, Filippo Berto, Paolo Ferro

Influence of microstructure on fatigue property of ultra high-strength steels


Investigation on fracture processes of concrete

Sonali Bhowmik, Sandeep Dubey, Sonalisa Ray

A model of energy dissipation at fatigue crack tip in metals

Aleksei Vshivkov, Oleg Plekhov, Anastasiia Iziumova, Balasubramaniam Venkatraman

Stress Intensity Factor Equations for the Evolution of Surface and Corner Cracks to Through Cracks

Antonio Miranda, Rafael Marques, Marco Antonio Meggiolaro, Jaime Tupiassú Pinho de Castro

SI: Portuguese contributions for Structural Integrity

Algorithm for automatic fatigue crack growth simulation on welded high strength steels

Ricardo Miguel Gomes Simões Baptista, Virginia Infante, João Marques

Development of hybrid friction stir welding and adhesive bonding single lap joints in aluminium alloys

Ricardo Leite Maciel, Virginia Infante, Daniel Braga, Pedro Moreira, Tiago Bento, Lucas da Silva

Fracture modelling of adhesively-bonded joints by an inverse method

Raul Campilho, Filipe Viana, Ricardo Rocha, Daniel Silva, Rui Araújo, José Ribeiro

Monotonic and Fracture Behaviours of Bolted Connections with Distinct Bolt Preloads and Surface Treatments

Vítor M.G. Gomes, Mariana Rodrigues, José A.F.O. Correia, Miguel A.V. Figueiredo, Abílio M.P. de Jesus, António A. Fernandes

Damage evaluation under complex fatigue loading conditions

Luis Reis, Joao Caxias, Henrique Soares, Pedro R. Costa, Vitor Anes, Manuel Freitas

A comparison between S-N Logistic and Kohout-Věchet formulations applied to the fatigue data of old metallic bridges materials

Joelton Fonseca Barbosa, José A.F.O. Correia, Pedro Montenegro, Raimundo Carlos Silverio Freire Júnior, Grzegorz Lesiuk, Abílio M.P. De Jesus, Rui A.B. Calçada

Impact response of laminated cylindrical shells

Carlos Alexandre Campos Pais Coelho, Fábio V.P. Navalho, P.N.B. Reis

Fatigue crack growth in notched specimens: a numerical analysis

Fernando Ventura Antunes, Ricardo Branco, Pedro Prates, José Domingos Costa

Stress Intensity Factor Solutions for CTS Mixed Mode Specimen

Fernando Ventura Antunes, Ricardo Branco, José António Martins Ferreira, Luís Borrego

SI: Showcasing Structural Integrity Research in India

SI: Design of Civil Environmental Engineering

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