Invited Speakers

More invited speakers to be announced soon. Confirmed invited speakers:


Prof. Andrei Kotousov

University of Adelaide


Effects of 3D stress states near the crack front on fracture and fatigue

Andrei Kotousov is the current President of the Australian Fracture Group ( He has actively promoted fracture research in Australia and internationally through a wide international collaborative network and various appointments, most notably as Vice-Chairman of the National Committee on Applied Mechanics (2009-14), which organises a vibrant biennial conference series (ACAM) with a fracture theme, and as Chair of the International Conference on Structural Integrity and Failure (SIF) in 2014 and 2016. He is serving on the Editorial Board of several journals devoted to Fracture Research, notably the Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures, for which he also served as Guest Editor for a special issue devoted to selected papers from ACAM 7, and Materials & Design.
Dr. Kotousov made significant contributions to 3D Fracture Mechanics publishing more than 100 journal and conference articles in this area. Other research areas include geo-mechanics and Structural Health Monitoring. He often leads and participates in large structural failure investigations. Andrei provided an expert advice to many national and international companies and authorities including Siemens Ltd (Germany) and HDI-Gerling Insurance Company, Charles Taylor Adjusting (Australia) Pty Ltd, its principal, Munich Reinsurance Company (UK General Branch) and the Office of the State Coroner of South Australia.


Prof. Manuel Freitas

Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa


Very High Cycle Fatigue under Multiaxial Loading Conditions

Manuel Freitas is a Professor (retired) of Mechanical Design and Structural Materials at Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon. Researcher at IDMEC, Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica on the Center for Mechanical Design. He completed the Mechanical Engineer degree at Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon (1972) and a PhD degree in Mechanical Sciences at Université de Technologie de Compiegne, France (1982). He was Assistant Professor (1983-1987), Associate Professor (1987-1997) and Full Professor (1998-2013) at Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon and Visiting Professor at École Centrale de Paris, France (1991). Served as Head of Mechanical Engineering Department (2003-2007), Scientific Coordinator of the Research Institute of Materials Science and Engineering (2002-2007) and Vice President of the School Council of Instituto Superior Técnico (2009-2013).
His major research interests include the mechanical behavior of materials under multiaxial loading conditions, namely multiaxial fatigue and fracture of metallic materials and mixed mode delamination of composite materials and applications of these concepts to mechanical engineering design.
Professor Manuel Freitas supervised 10 PhD students and was the Coordinator of the Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing joint doctoral program, between Instituto Superior Técnico of the Technical University of Lisbon, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto and School of Engineering of University of Minho; was the editor of two books on Mechanics of Composite Materials and Multiaxial Fatigue and Fracture; has published more than 100 papers in international scientific journals.


Prof. Gianni Nicoletto

University of Parma


High performance metal parts produced by additive manufacturing: the fatigue challenge

Gianni Nicoletto is currently full professor at the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Parma, Italy. He was born in Trento, Italy, in 1954. He received his Laurea in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1979 and a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech (USA) in 1981. He was assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy, between 1983 and 1992. Between 1993 and 1999 he was associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Parma, Italy. Since 2000 he is full professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Parma, Italy, where he taught the courses on Machine design, Mechanics of Materials, Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Materials, Structural Integrity and Composite Materials. He received the Doctor h.c. in Materials Engineering by the University of Žilina (Slovakia) in 2006. In 2006 he was co-founder of the academic spin off company TP Engineering srl, becoming president and scientific director since then. The company currently employs 15 engineers; is active in computer-aided-engineering, product innovation and advanced engineering materials; its clients are primary automotive companies, automotive part production companies, and equipment manufacturing companies. Since 2013 he is scientific consultant of the metal additive manufacturing company BEAM-IT. He is currently national coordinator of the AIAS Working Group on Design for additive and lean manufacturing. He has published over than 150 peer-reviewed contributions in international journals in the following topics: Mechanics of materials, Fatigue and fracture of metallic materials, Composite materials, Fatigue design, Experimental mechanics, Additive manufacturing, Finite element method, Automotive engineering. His current activity in metal additive manufacturing is focused on: i) fatigue and fracture characterization of AM materials and components; ii) development of structural design methods for AM parts; iii) development of know—how about AM and transfer to industry and academia.


Luca Susmel

University of Sheffield
United Kingdom

Static and fatigue behaviour of aluminium-to-steel thin welded joints

Since 1998 Luca has focussed his attention mainly on problems related to the static and fatigue assessment of engineering materials and components. In particular, by working both in Italy (University of Padova, University of Ferrara, University of Udine) and in Ireland (Trinity College, Dublin), he has devised several novel engineering methods suitable for designing components (experiencing stress concentration phenomena of any kind) against fatigue as well as against static failures. According to his modus operandi, Luca has performed both theoretical and experimental investigations and all the design methods he has formalised so far have always been validated through a systematic experimental work. Luca has an outstanding and unique expertise in designing notched and welded components against constant and variable amplitude multiaxial fatigue.
The work done in the above research areas has led to more than 150 scientific papers in the period 1999-2018 (of which 124 publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals) as well as to a book devoted to the multiaxial fatigue assessment (Susmel, L., Multiaxial Notch Fatigue: from nominal to local stress-strain quantities. Woodhead & CRC, Cambridge, UK, ISBN: 1 84569 582 8, March 2009). His scientific papers have attracted significant interest from the international scientific community, evidenced by an h-index of 27 with about 2100 citations in total according to Scopus (h-index of 31 with about 3100 citations according to Google Scholar). He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the two leading international journals in the fatigue and fracture field, namely “International Journal of Fatigue” and “Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures”. Luca is also the Associate Editor of “Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale: The International Journal of the Italian Group of Fracture” (ISSN 1971-8993). Luca is the Editor-in-Chief of “Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics” (published by Elsevier) which is the top journal in the fracture mechanics field (Impact Factor=2.659).
Luca has developed a software specifically designed to perform the fatigue assessment of plain/notched/welded components subjected to both constant and variable amplitude uniaxial/multiaxial fatigue loading (Copyright document N. 007849-D007048, released by SIAE – Società Italiana degli Autori ed Editori,