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International Chair


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, functional materials;

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 Science at 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 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 NTNU and the University of Kyoto, Aalto University and Southampton University.


Since January 2015 he is EDITOR of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures.

He has been the youngest editor of 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


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


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.

Industrial cooperation 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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