Filippo Berto

Renowned Chair of Structural Integrity of Additive Manufacturing Materials, Mechanics of Materials, Materials Engineering and Structural Design Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Faculty of Engineering
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Background and activities

NTNU Top Research Program for highly qualified scientists 

Outstanding Renowned International Chair

Regius Professor

ESIS (European Structural Integrity Society) TC 15 Chair on AM materials



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 Materials Engineering Science of Metals and Mechanics of Materials (top research program for international researchers recognized internationally for the quality of their academic achievements and having an impressive track record of publications and research projects, historically regius professorship).

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

Google scholar H-index = 45, H10-index= 110, citations 5500

Scopus H-index = 39,  H10-index=105, citations 4100

Isi Web of Knowledge H-index=37, H10-index=100 citations 4000


Fatigue Design of metals

Fracture Mechanics

Structural Design

Advanced Structural Design

Materials Engineering of Metals 

Previous courses

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. 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

Journal of Mechanics & Industry Research

Research Journal of Modeling and Simulation

Advanced Material Sciences

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Journal of Materials Science and Applications

Journal of Materials Science & Surface Engineering

He is one of the founder of the journal Advances in Mechanical Engineering and in the advisory board of the same journal.

He is editor in chief of International Frontier Science Letters.

He has performed more than 750 reviews for the most important international journals and organized as Guest Editor more than 20 special issues in outstanding journals (5 in 2016).


He is author of more than 500 technical papers, mainly oriented to material 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. In particular, he has attempted to devise engineering methods suitable for designing components (experiencing different kinds of stress concentration phenomena) against fatigue as well as against static failures.

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

  • Metals and advanced materials
  • Mechanical behavior of metallic materials
  • Materials Engineering Science of metals
  • Fracture behaviour of additive manufacturing components
  • Fracture and Fatigue of hybrid and functional materials for biomedical and aerospace applications
  • Fatigue behaviour of light structures for aerospace applications
  • Fracture behaviour of lattice structure materials
  • Enviromental effects on fracture and fatigue at nano, micro and macro level
  • Cellular materials
  • Crushable Materials
  • Smart materials 
  • Bio-materials
  • Nano-indentation of 3d printed components
  • Design of light wind turbines with advanced materials
  • Creep under different constraint conditions
  • Fatigue of artic materials
  • Fatigue of offshore structures
  • Metallic Fiber-Reinforced Adhesively Bonded  Lap Joints
  • Wave propagation and attenuation inregular, irregular, and functionally graded cellular materials.
  • Mechanical behaviour of granular materials
  • Micro and hybrid welding techniques
  • Dynamic testing of additively manufacturing components weakened by cracks and internal pores.
  • Tribological properties of additive manufacturing materials
  • Aircraft design against fatigue and corrosion fatigue
  • 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.
  • Analytical and numerical models for multiscale modeling
  • Fracture assessment of functionally grade materials with crack divider or crack arrester configuration
  • Design against high-cycle fatigue
  • Welded and bonded joints
  • Large structures and size effects
  • Sandwich structures
  • Damage and Fracture in Nuclear Fission and Fusion Materials
  • Fatigue of bridges subjected to fatigue loadings, wind and fire
  • Bolted joints for civil structures
  • Non destructive methods for detecting cracks or defects
  • Local approaches based on strain energy density
  • Mechanical properties of engineering materials
  • Design against fatigue under multiaxial fatigue loading
  • Design against uniaxial/multiaxial fatigue in the presence of stress concentration phenomena
  • Material cracking behaviour under uniaxial/multiaxial fatigue loading
  • Fracture Mechanics (under both static and fatigue loading)
  • Uniaxial/multiaxial fatigue assessment of welded components
  • Static assessment and cracking behaviour of brittle and ductile notched materials
  • Dentistry materials
  • Three-dimensional effects in cracked and notched plates
  • Meso-mechanical theoretical models
  • Microscopy and failure analysis techniques
  • Metals and steels used in marine industry
  • Design of ship shafts
  • Contact mechanics
  • Fretting Fatigue
  • Fracture mechanics and notches
  • Asymptotic methods
  • Notched tensile tests at varying temperature, strain rate and stress triaxiality
  • Fracture of ice
  • Full-scale testing


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

Democritus University of Thrace.

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

Prof. Emmanuel Gdoutos, Professor Director of Laboratory of Applied Mechanics Director of Section of Design and Construction of Structures Department of Civil Engineering Democritus University of Thrace GR-671 00 Xanthi, Greece


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

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.


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)

Industrial cooperation and Projects

Prof. Berto has considerable experience in materials science, fatigue, 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. 


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