Elena Benvenuti obtained the degree with honors inf Civil Engineering at the University of Ferrara in 1997 with a thesis on “Hybrid finite element models for layered composite beams and arches”. In 2001, she received the PhD degree with the thesis “Enhanced non-local models for damaging materials”. From 2006 to 2014, she has been a researcher at The Engineering Department of the University of Ferrara. Since 2001, she is teaching “Structural Mechanics” and “Computer aided structural mechanics” . Her main research interests are:
- higher order mixed-hybrid finite element models for multilayered composite beams and arches;
- energy-based variational formulations for strain-driven elastodamaging materials;
- thermodynamically consistent finite element models of non-local integral type for the analysis of structural elements made of quasi-brittle and elastodamaging materials;
- finite element models of non-local implicit gradient type for the analysis of structural elements made of quasi-brittle and elastodamaging materials;
- development of an implicit gradient type criterion for notched components;
- finite element models of eXtended Finite Element type (XFEM) for the study of cracks distributed over a process zone with a finite width in case of elastofracturing and cohesive behavior.
She is author and coauthor with recognized experts of several publications on international journals and proceedings of national and international conferences.