Bakgrunn og aktiviteter


  • NTNU Top Research Program for highly qualified scientists
  • International Chair

Current research topics

  • Additive manufacturing; Structural integrity of AM components;
  • Interactions between process parameters and fatigue and fracture behavior of AM materials;
  • Materials Engineering Science of Metals; Mechanics of Materials;
  • Fatigue and Fracture of traditional, innovative, functionalmaterials;
  • Structural Integrity and Design; Structures;
  • Solid Mechanics; Strength of Materials;
  • Materials and Design; Linear/Nonlinear Dynamics

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 with the most prestigious available position at NTNU as international outstanding renowned Chair of Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue.

He is the co-founder of the new fatigue lab at MTP together with Prof. A. Vinogradov (the laboratory dealing with multiaxial facilities will be entitled to the memory of Prof. Paolo Lazzarin).


  • Fatigue Design
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Previous courses
  • 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 localapproaches 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 NTNU and the University of Kyoto, Aalto University and Southampton University.

Editorial and communication activities

Since January 2015 he is EDITOR of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures. He has been the youngest editor in the history of this prestigious journal with the main headquarter in Oxford.

He is in the editorial board of more than 30 international journals. Among them worth of mentioning are the following prestigious journals:

  • Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
  • Strength of Materials
  • Physical Mesomechanics
  • Materials Science Engineering A,
  • Materials and Design
  • International Journal of Fatigue
  • Journal of Testing and Evaluation
  • Advanced Material Sciences

Areas of expertise

He is author of more than 500 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 (under both static and fatigue loading)
  • Fracture behaviour of additive manufacturing components
  • Fracture and Fatigue of hybrid and functional materials for biomedical and aerospace applications
  • Damage and Fracture in Nuclear Fission and Fusion Materials
  • Enviromental effects on fracture and fatigue at nano, micro and macro level
  • Creep under different constraint conditions
  • Metallic Fiber-Reinforced Adhesively Bonded Lap Joints
  • Micro and hybrid welding techniques
  • Dynamic testing of additively manufacturing components weakened by cracks and internal pores.
  • Fatigue of advanced materials at elevate temperature for hot rolling applications
  • Hot-dip galvanized steels: fatigue behaviour and microstructure characterization
  • Notch Mechanics from nano to macro scale.
  • Design against high-cycle fatigue
  • Welded and bonded joints
  • Large structures and size effects
  • Local approaches based on strain energy density
  • Design against fatigue under multiaxial fatigue loading
  • Static assessment and cracking behaviour of brittle and ductile notched materials
  • Three-dimensional effects in cracked and notched plates
  • Fracture mechanics and notches

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, ParisTech, Auburn University, Northwestern University, Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Yale 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 Louvain, 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 renowned full professor (Professeur de renommée, Professore di chiara fama) at

  • Aalto University,
  • Kyoto University

In particular he is collaborating with:

  • Prof. Dieter Radaj, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
  • Prof. Manuel Elices, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Prof. David Cendon, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Dr. Javier Gòmez, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Prof. John Yates, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Chun Hui Wang, Department of Defence DSTO, Air Vehicles Division, Sydney, Australia
  • Prof. Yuri Matvienko, Russian Science Academy, Moscow.
  • Prof. Gorge Gogotsi, Director of the Pisarenko Institute for Problems of Strength, National Academy of Sciences of Ucraine, Kiev
  • Prof. Andrei Kotousov, University of Adelaide, School of mechanical engineering
  • Prof. Michael Swain, University of Sidney, Faculty of Dentistry Biomaterials Science Research Unit
  • Prof. George Sih, Emeritus Professor of Mechanics Lehigh University, USA
  • Prof. Fernand Ellyin, The university of British Columbia, Vancouver (he is inserted as external professor in the financed project ‘Progetto di ateneo CPDA100715/10’)
  • Prof. Ayatollahi, Professor and Director Fatigue and Fracture Research Laboratory School of Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • Prof. Les Pook, 21 Woodside Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3HF, UK
  • Prof. Neil James, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Prof. Cristopher, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Prof. V. Panin, Professor, Academician of Russian Academy of Sciences, advisor of Russian Academy of Sciences, expert in the solid mechanics, plastic deformation and physical materials. Editor of Physical mesomechanics, Tomsk, Russia
  • Prof. Tamas Fakete, Academy of Hungarian science
  • Prof. S. Panin, Tomsk, Russia
  • Prof. L. Panin, Tomsk, Russia
  • Prof. A. Panin, Tomsk, Russia
  • Prof. M. Sakane, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
  • Prof. T. Itoh, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
  • Dr. T. Morishita, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
  • Prof. A. Korsunsky, University of Oxford
  • Prof. A. Vinogradov, NTNU, Norway
  • Prof. Z. Zhang, NTNU, Norway
  • Prof. P. Park, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Prof. K. Tanaka, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan
  • Prof. T. Kitamura, University of Kyoto
  • Prof. Luca Susmel, University of Sheffield
  • Prof. Youshi Hong, Chinese Accademy of Science, Bejing
  • Prof. Yukitaka Murakami, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Prof Fumio Narita, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Prof. H. Remes, Aalto University, Finland
  • Prof. Romanoff, Aalto University, Finland
  • Prof. G. Marquis, Aalto University, Finland
  • Dr. Jacopo Tirillo’, La Sapienza, Roma, Italy
  • Prof. Dario Croccolo, University of Bologna
  • Prof. Andrea Carpinteri, University of Parma
  • Prof. Dominque Leguillon, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris 6) Couloir 55-65, case courrier 1624 place Jussieu 75252 PARIS CEDEX 05 – France
  • Prof. Gregory Glinka, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Prof. Keke Tang, Tongji University, Shangai
  • Prof. X.S. Tang, Changsha University of Science and Technology, School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Changsha, China
  • Prof. Rajagopal, Texas A and M University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College Station, United States
  • Prof. Sciammarella, Cesar A. Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanics, Chicago, United States
  • Prof. Sciammarella Federico Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanics, Chicago, United States
  • Prof. L. Lamberti, Politecnico di Bari, Italy


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
  • ANSYS 2015 Hall of Fame Competition
  • Ucimu award 2016
  • Lazzarin PhD thesis 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, 400 papers have been published, mainly on prestigious international Journals (see Google Scholar database). It gives almost 5000 citations and H-index=40.

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 more than 100 MNOK for research activities. Main ongoing projects are related to industrial collaborations with Cimolai, Zincherie Valbrenta, Omera, Officine Meccaniche Zanetti, Rolls Royce, Sintef.


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 Asian Council of Science Editors
  • Honorary member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER)
  • 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
  • Member of the Royal Society in the Committee for the evaluation of foreign members
  • Chair of the ESIS Technical Committee on Fatigue, Residual Stress, Microstructure of Additive Manufactured Components
  • Honorary member of the London Journals Press (UK/USA)
  • Outstanding Chair of Fatigue and Fracture of Metals at NTNU Norway (Top research program)

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