Conference / Meeting

5th International Symposium on Fatigue Design and Material Defects

Exploring the Frontiers: Unraveling Challenges in Fatigue Design and Material Defects
14 May 2025
15 May 2025
16 May 2025
We will welcome you at the Grand Hotel in Trento.
Target audience: 
Registration fee – Registration required
Contact details: 
Matteo Benedetti

Nestled against the breathtaking backdrop of the Dolomites and in close proximity to the serene Garda Lake, Trento invites you to the 5th International Symposium on Fatigue Design and Material Defects. Building on the success of our previous symposia in Trondheim (2011), Paris (2014), Lecco (2017), and Potsdam (2020), join us from May 14 to 16, 2025, in the heart of Italy for a stimulating exploration.
Material defects, spanning non-metallic inclusions, pores, micro-shrinkages, surface roughness and beyond, stand at the forefront of our discussions. These defects play a pivotal role in initiating and propagating fatigue cracks, exerting profound impacts on structural integrity. Notably, this topic has gained significant traction, particularly in the wake of emerging additive manufacturing technologies in mass production. The associated surge in concerns regarding its application in critically stressed scenarios has brought these discussions to the forefront.

Key Objectives:

  • Enhancing understanding of defect mechanisms
  • Assessing the impact of defects on structural integrity
  • Devising measures to enhance fatigue properties of materials and components

Contemporary Challenges: Additive Manufacturing and Structural Integrity
The symposium places a special emphasis on the contemporary challenges posed by additive manufacturing. As this technology reshapes mass production, our discussions will delve into its implications, especially in critically stressed applications. Notably, the insights gained from studying defects in traditional applications such as cast alloys and weldments can be invaluable in navigating the challenges of future technologies. For this reason, we warmly welcome contributions from any industrial sector. Together, let's face the challenges of the future!

Be part of the conversation: Trento 2025 awaits your insight!

Additional information about the conference will be shared soon. We extend a warm invitation to researchers, practitioners, and enthusiasts in the field to join us for what promises to be a stimulating and enriching symposium.
Sincerely Yours,
The Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

M. Benedetti, University of Trento, Italy
S. Beretta, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
M. Madia, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin, Germany
G. Meneghetti, University of Padova, Italy

Scientific Committee

M. Benedetti, University of Trento, Italy
S. Beretta, Politecnico Milano, Italy
J.-Y. Buffière, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, France
M. D. Chapetti, National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina
G. Härkegård, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany
N. Hrabe, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
M. Madia, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin, Germany
G. Meneghetti, University of Padova, Italy
F. Morel, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d‘Arts et Métiers, France
Y. Murakami, Kyushu University, Japan
Y. Nadot, Université de Poitiers – ISAE-ENSMA, France
M. Vormwald, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
X. Zhang, Coventry University, United Kingdom 

Local Committee

F. Berto, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
V. Fontanari, University of Trento, Italy
P. Gallo, University of Trento, Italy
A. Molinari, University of Trento, Italy
L. Emanuelli, University of Trento, Italy
S. Murchio, University of Trento, Italy
R. De Biasi, University of Trento, Italy


Grand Hotel Trento
Piazza Dante 20

Confirmed Invited Plenary Speakers

N. Shamsaei, Auburn University, USA
The critical role of material defects in additive manufacturing qualification

J. Vaara, Wärtsilä, Finland
Cast iron – the smart material

Shengchuan Wu, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China
Critical defect and fatigue life prediction of metal 3D printing 

M. Zimmermann, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Process-structure-property correlations in the context of manufacturing-related micro-notches and very high cycle fatigue behavior

Confirmed Invited Keynote Speakers

A. du Plessis, Comet Technologies, Canada 
AI-powered non-destructive evaluation of defects using X-ray computed tomography

Prospective Key Dates

Abstract submission         June 2024
Abstract deadline              September 2024
Abstract confirmation        December 2024
Registration opening         November 2024 
Preliminary programme     March 2025


All the submitted papers, after being reviewed, will be published in an issue of Procedia Structural Integrity, the new Procedia published by Elsevier and focused on the ESIS events (indexed in Scopus, WoS and Google Scholar).

Special issue

Authors of selected conference papers will be invited to submit extended versions for publication in International Journal of Fatigue.



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