Bakgrunn og aktiviteter

General information

Date of Birth: 12 February 1978

Place of Birth: Vicenza (Italy)

Citizenship: Italian

Residence: Stadsing Dahls Gate, Trondheim (Norway)

Position and Recognitions

Current research topics

  • Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Additive Materials
  • Advanced and Innovative Materials
  • Advanced Welding Techniques
  • Materials Design
  • Fatigue  and fracture of traditional and advanced materials
  • Structural integrity of additively manufactured materials
  • Fatigue behavior of welded and bolted connections
  • Local approaches for  fatigue design
  • Multiaxial fatigue
  • Solids mechanics
  • Notch Effect

Filippo Berto got his degree summa cum laude in 'Industrial Engineering' in 2003 at the University of Padua (Italy). After attending the PhD course in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Scienceat the University of Florence, he worked as researcher in the same field at the University of Padua. From 2006 to 2013 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Padua, Department of Management and Engineering, Vicenza and from October 2014 to September 2016 he was Associate Professor.

Since 1 January 2016 he has been appointed as international chair of Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue.

He is the founder of the new fatigue lab at MTP.

Main courses

  • Fracture Mechanics TMM4160
  • Fatigue Design TMM4195
  • Mechanical Metallurgy (PhD Course)

Previous courses 

  • MM8404 Today's view of multiscale fractures and plasticity (2018)

  • MM8404 Today's view of multiscale fractures and plasticity (2019)

  • MM8410 Additive Production With Advanced Alloy (2017)

  • MM8410 Additive Production With Advanced Alloy (2018)

  • TMM4140 Materials Mechanical Behavior (2018)

  • TMM4140 Materials Mechanical Behavior (2019)

  • TMM4540 Industrial ICT product development and materials, specialization project 

  • TMM4550 Nanotechnology, specialization project (2017)

  • TMM4550 Nanotechnology, Specialization Project (2018)

  • TMM4560 Product Development and Materials, Specialization Project (2017)

  • TMM4560 Product Development and Materials, Specialization Project (2018)

  • TMM4935 Industrial ICT, Master's Thesis (2018)

  • TMM4935 Industrial ICT, Master's Thesis (2019)

  • TMM4940 Nanotechnology, Master's Thesis (2018)

  • TMM4940 Nanotechnology, Master's Thesis (2019)

  • TMM4960 Product Development and Materials, Master's Thesis (2018)

  • TMM4960 Product Development and Materials, Master's Thesis (2019)

Previous courses 

  • Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Advanced processes in Metallurgy
  • Materials Engineering of Metals
  • Structural Design
  • Advanced Structural Design
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Theory of Elasticity
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Advanced numerical modelling
  • Non-linear fracture mechanics
  • Advanced local approaches for asymptotic analysis

Responsible for Erasmus flux with University of Padua, University of Parma, University of Madrid, University of Bologna and University of Messina. He is responsible for the international relationship between MTP and the University of Kyoto, Aalto University and Southampton University.

Editorial and communication activities

Since January 2015 he is European Editor of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures (Wiley).

Since 2018 he is Editor in Chief of Material Design & Processing Communications (Wiley)

He is in the editorial board of prestigious journals:

  • Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics (Elsevier)
  • Strength of Materials (Springer)
  • Physical Mesomechanics (Springer)
  • Materials Science Engineering A (Elsevier)
  • Materials and Design (Elsevier)
  • International Journal of Fatigue (Elsevier)
  • Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM)
  • Advanced Engineering Materials (Wiley)
  • International Journal of Damage Mechanics (Sage)
  • Polymer testing (Elsevier)

Areas of expertise

He is author of more than 650 technical papers, mainly oriented to materials science engineering,the brittle failure of different materials, notch effect, the application of the finite element method to the structural analysis, the mechanical behaviour of metallic materials, the fatigue performance of notched components as well as the reliability of welded, bolted and bonded joints. Since 2003, he has been working on different aspects of the Structural Integrity discipline, by mainly focusing attention on problems related to the static and fatigue assessment of engineering materials and components.

Prof. Berto’s areas of expertise can be summarised as follows:

  • Fracture mechanics
  • Fatigue design
  • Notch mechanics
  • Local approaches for fatigue design
  • Welded and bolted connections
  • Advanced materials and their mechanical behavior
  • Fracture and Fatigue behaviour of additively manufactured materials
  • Mechanical behavior of nuclear materials
  • Enviromental effects on fracture and fatigue
  • Hot-dip galvanized steels

International links

Prof. Berto gives regular keynote and plenary lectures at major international conferences on engineering materials, fatigue and fracture. He maintains extensive international links, through past and current visiting appointments at: University of Oxford and Trinity college, Waterloo University, University of Adelaide, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto University, East China University of Science and Technology, Imperial College, Kjushu University, Georgia Tech, Northwestern University, Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Berkeley University, University of Toledo, University of Manchester, Zhejiang University of Technology China, Massachusetts institute of technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – PolyU, Politechnika Bialostocka, East China University of Science and Technology, Aalto University, Hong Kong University, Northern Illinois University Virginia Tech, Chinese Academy of science, Ecole Polytechnique de Lousain, Purdue University, Siberian academy of science, Hong Kong Polithecnical University, University of Arkansas, Monash University, Tohoku University, Southampton University, Sheffield University, The University of Texas, Tongji University - Shangai, Iran University of Science and Technology.

He is honorary adjunct full professor at

Hong Kong Polytechnique University

Mandela University South Africa


He has received several international awards for his research and teaching activity.

  • Best teacher award a.y. 2011/12
  • Best teacher award a.y. 2012/13
  • Best teacher award a.y. 2013/14
  • ‘Sih golden medal, junior prize’ at the conference Mesomechanics 2012
  • Capocaccia prize 2013 at AIAS conference
  • Elsevier Reviewer Award 2013
  • Elsevier Reviewer Award 2014
  • Elsevier Reviewer Award 2015
  • Elsevier Reviewer Award 2016
  • Ucimu award 2016
  • Top cited paper in 2012 in FFEMS
  • Top cited paper in 2013 in FFEMS
  • Top citep paper in 2014 in FFEMS

Since 2004, 650 papers have been published, mainly on prestigious international Journals (see Google Scholar database). It gives almost 12000 citations and H-index=60.

Industry collaboration and projects

Prof. Berto has considerable experience in materials science, fatigue of metals, fracture and mechanical testing related to steels, aluminum alloys, hardmetals, ceramics and polymers, together with a good metallurgical knowledge of their microstructures and properties. He has significant expertise in fatigue design for machine components and welded structures (plus welding processes and metallurgy), fatigue life prediction, engineering defect assessment, failure analysis, stress analysis, fractography, and materials selection. He has been involved in numerous projects funded both by the University of Padova , by the Italian Ministry of University and Research and by private companies. He is partecipating as main investigator to 2 EU pojects and all together in his career he was able to attract huge funding for research activities. Main ongoing projects are related to industrial collaborations with Cimolai, Zincherie Valbrenta, Omera, Officine Meccaniche Zanetti, Rolls Royce, Sintef, Nexans and many others.


He is member of the following associations:

  • International Member of ESIS
  • International member of the society of mesomechanics
  • ESIS TC10 member - Environmentally Assisted Cracking
  • Consultant of the Chinese Academy of Science and reviewer for international projects
  • Honorary member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research 
  • Co-Chair of the Red Española de Fractura en Entallas
  • Member of the Engineering Integrity Society
  • Member of the ESIS TC committee on Finite Fracture Mechanics
  • Voting member of ASTM E08-Committee Fatigue and Fracture
  • ASME International Member
  • ASTM International Member
  • Chair of the ESIS Technical Committee on Fatigue, Residual Stress, Microstructure of Additive Manufactured Components

New Book 2020

Summer School 2019

Dr.Berto has graduated more than 20 PhDs students as main supervisor.