Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Filippo Berto got his degree summa cum laude in 'Industrial Engineering' in 2003 at the University of Padua (Italy) (110 cum Laude). 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 as International Chair of Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue accordingly to the excellence program developed by NTNU (the second in all the history of NTNU since 1932). He is the founder of the new fatigue lab at the Department of Mechanical Engineering having received a infrastructure of more than 6 MEuro. He is author of more than 650 technical papers (H-index=57) in international journals and more than 500 papers presented to different conferences, 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 behavior 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. He is among the top Italian scientist (TIS) in engineering since 2016 and member of the Norwegian Academy of Science since 2019 being the first Italian elected to that prestigious role. He is consultant of the Italian Ministry of Research for the evaluation of infrastructure projects since 2020.
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 prestigious Universities and Research Centers. In 2018 he received from Stanford University the Stephen Timoshenko fellowship in Solid Mechanics and the award of merit from ESIS being in both cases the first Italian and European to receive these prestigious awards. In 2019 he received the gold medal entitled to the memory of Prof. Lazzarin from the Italian Group of Fracture. He has received many other scientific awards from different international societies. Since 2014 he is European Editor of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures (youngest editor of the history of the journal and second Italian in that role). In 2018 he founded also a new journal with Wiley (Material Design and Processing Communication). He is Editorial Member of Materials Science Engineering A, Materials and Design, International Journal of Fatigue, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, published by Elsevier, Journal of Testing and Evaluation by ASTM, Physical Mesomechanics and Strength of Materials by Springer, Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures by Wiley. He is Co-Editor in Chief of Materials. Prof. Berto has supervised more than 30 PhD students, more than 300 master students and more than 400 bachelor students in all his career.
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 Research by EU, and by private companies. He is partecipating as main investigator to different pojects and all together in his career he was able to attract huge funding for research activities (more than 15 MEuro considering the infrastructures). Main ongoing projects are related to industrial collaborations with Cimolai, Zincherie Valbrenta, Omera, Officine Meccaniche Zanetti, Rolls Royce, Sintef, Nexans, Cern, Rainpower and many others.