Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

ISSN 2095-2430 (Print)
ISSN 2095-2449 (Online)
CN 10-1023/X
Postal Subscription Code 80-968
2018 Impact Factor: 1.272


A special issue of Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering
The international journal Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering (FSCE), the leading academic journal in the area of structural and civil engineering organized by Tongji University, supervised by the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and jointly published by Higher Education Press and Springer quarterly per year, is planning to publish a special issue on Computational Modeling of Fracture: Theory, Methods and Application.
The safety and reliability of Engineering structures and components has always been of major concern. They are often closely related the way materials and structures fracture. Experimental testing in order to study the fracture mechanisms of materials and structures is often time-consuming, expensive and sometimes unfeasible. For example, while components in Mechanical Engineering applications can be tested before releasing a product on the market, many Civil Engineering components such as bridges or buildings cannot be tested in advance. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to predict the response of such systems. The progenitors of fracture are cracks or shear bands. In the past decades, advances in computer science and computational science have allowed to model and predict how complex systems fail. Meshless methods, partition-of-unity methods such as the generalized or extended finite element method, the numerical manifold method, the phantom node method, the embedded element method, the (scaled) boundary element method, phase-field models, the eigenerosion approach, efficient remeshing techniques, peridynamics or other discrete models such as the discrete element method (DEM) or discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA) are among the most efficient and robust methods for fracture. They have been tested for numerous academic problems and compared to analytical solutions or certain benchmark problems. Furthermore, due to the vast improvements of computational resources, those methods have been applied to increasingly challenging problems that often involve multiple fields (thermo-mechanical analysis, fluid-structure interaction, etc.) or the transfer of length scales.
This special issue is aimed for manuscripts addressing advances in computational methods for fracture, their efficient implementation and application to challenging engineering problems as well as their verification and validation. A wide range of topics are of interest in this special issues including:
• New innovative approaches to fracture
• Advances in partition-of-unity methods
• Constitutive modeling
• Fracture due to fluid-structure interaction
• Dynamic Fracture
• Ductile Fracture
• Fracture in Geological materials
• Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification
• Stochastic methods for fracture
• Applications to challenging engineering problems
FSCE is a rigorously peer-reviewed research journal devoted to the publication of original research papers reflecting significant and pioneering achievements in the field of structural and civil engineering. Please inform your regional Guest Editor (GE) via email about your intention as soon as possible and submit a manuscript for possible publication in the special issue via the online paper submission system by October 30, 2014 with a soft copy to the Editors. Announcement of accepted contributed papers will be made in March 30, 2015. April 1, 2015 is the last day to submit revised papers.

Guest Editor
Rabczuk Timon (European Editor)
Bauhaus Universität Weimar, Germany Email:
Pedro Areias (European Editor)
University of Evora, Portugal  Email:
Zhu Hehua (Chinese Editor)
Tongji University, China  Email:
Zhuang Xiaoying (Chinese Editor)
Tongji University, China  Email:
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