Bruno M. Goncalves da Silva

Contact Info

Title: Assistant Professor
Email: bruno.m.goncalvesdasilva@njit.edu
Office: 233 colton
Hours: Mondays: 4pm to 6pm
Phone: 973-596-5864
Dept: civil and evironmental
About: 

Bruno Gonçalves da Silva comes to NJIT from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests are the experimental and numerical study of the fracturing processes of rocks and construction materials, such as concrete and steel, subject to various loading conditions. He has also developed a strong interest in the study of the mechanical properties, particularly fracturing, of natural structural systems, such as bone and nacre.

In his recent research, Dr. Gonçalves da Silva has been studying the induced seismicity and fracturing processes that occur due to the hydraulic fracturing of rocks in the laboratory, in a project sponsored by the energy company Total, S.A. This research is important to better understand the hydraulic stimulation of rocks, particularly in oil and gas exploitation, as well as in enhanced geothermal systems.

He has earned a M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus in geotechnical engineering from MIT, during which he developed and successfully implemented a strain-based criterion in a boundary element code to simulate the propagation of Mode I and II fractures in rock-like materials.

Dr. Gonçalves da Silva has also extensive industry experience: he worked as a geotechnical engineer at Arup, New York, and as a structural engineer in Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Education:

Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2016
M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2009
B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal, 2004

 

Research: 
  • ​Experimental fracture mechanics of rocks and rock-like materials, as well as construction materials, such as reinforced concrete and steel
  • Physical processes involved in the hydraulic fracturing of rocks, in the laboratory and in the field
  • Study of mechanical properties, particularly fracturing, of biological materials
  • Numerical modeling of the fracturing processes in rock and rock-like materials, as well as in construction and biological materials.
Publications: 

1. Gonçalves da Silva, B and Einstein, H (2012) Study of stress and strain fields around a flaw tip in rock, Proceedings of the 2012 ARMA Symposium, Chicago  
2. Gonçalves da Silva, B and Einstein, H (2013) Modeling of crack initiation, propagation and Coalescence in Rocks. International Journal of Fracture, 182(2):167-186  
3. Gonçalves da Silva, B and Einstein, H (2014) Finite Element study of fracture initiation in flaws subject to internal fluid pressure and vertical stress, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 51(23-24):4122-4136   
4. Moradian, Z, Li, B, Morgan, S, Gonçalves da Silva, B, Germaine, J, Einstein, H (2015) Acoustic emission characteristics of shale. 13th ISRM Congress, Shale Symposium, Montreal  
5. Li, B, Moradian, Z, Gonçalves da Silva, B, Germaine, J (2015) Development of a methodology to observe acoustic emissions in a hydraulically loaded granite specimen. Proceedings of the 2015 ARMA Symposium, San Francisco  
6. Gonçalves da Silva, B, Li, B, Moradian, Z, Germaine, J, Einstein, H (2015) Development of a test setup capable of producing hydraulic fracturing in the laboratory with image and acoustic emission monitoring. Proceedings of the 2015 ARMA Symposium, San Francisco

In preparation:

  • Gonçalves da Silva, B and Einstein, H, Development of a flaw-pressurizing device and observations from hydraulic fracturing tests performed on granite and shale
  • Gonçalves da Silva, B and Einstein, H, Physical processes involved in the laboratory hydraulic fracturing of granite
  • Gonçalves da Silva, B, Fehler, M and Einstein, H, Analysis of the source mechanisms of Acoustic Emission events in hydraulic fracturing tests performed in granite