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Structure Department of Management and Engineering
Telephone 0444998743
Qualification Professore associato confermato
Scientific sector ING-IND/21 - METALLURGY
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Office hours
Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 Ufficio Dipartimento di Tecnica e Gestione dei Sistemi Industriali, DTG (ufficio al primo piano)
Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 Ufficio Dipartimento di Tecnica e Gestione dei Sistemi Industriali, DTG (ufficio al primo piano)
(updated on 17/10/2017 20:13)

Proposals for thesis
Main topics proposed for master thesis:
1) Numerical simulation of metallurgical processes (heat treatment and welding) with particular reference to more efficient numerical models for industrial applications
2) Metallurgical and mechanical characterization of innovative welding joints (i.e.: Hybrid Metal Extrusion & Bonding (HYB))
3) Metallurgical and mechanical characterization of new generation heavy section ductile irons castings
4) Numerical simulation of additive manufacturing
5) Metallurgical and mechanical characterization of components obtained by additive manufacturing
6) Metallurgical and mechanical characterization of stainless steels and nickel based superalloys
7) Metallurgical and mechanical characterization of aluminum alloys pressure die castings
8) Continuous casting process simulation of aluminum alloys
9) New approaches for material selection in a critical raw materials perspective

Curriculum Vitae
Paolo Ferro is actually Associate Professor of Metallurgy and Materials Selection at the University of Padua (Italy). After the degree in Materials Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) he received the Ph.D. degree from University of Padua in Metallurgical Engineering. From 2006 to April 2015 he served as Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering and Management of the same University. He was scientific director of the research program 'Numerical and Experimental Determination of Residual Stresses in Welded Joints and their Influence on Fatigue Strength' (Young Researchers Project, 2003-2004). He won the prize for young researchers ‘Aldo Daccò’ 2002. He is a member of CMBM (Centre for Mechanics of Biological Materials). He is coordinator of the European project on Critical Raw Materials named DERMAP (Design of components in a critical Raw MAterial Perspective). His research is mainly focused on the analytical and numerical modelling of welding and heat treatment processes. He is interested in the local criteria based on the Notch Stress Intensity Factor (NSIF) and the Strain Energy Density (SED) averaged over a control volume for the evaluation of fatigue strength of welded joints. He works also on the modelling of intermetallic phases evolution during heat treatments of Duplex and Superduplex Stainless Steels and mechanical and metallurgical characterisation of Cast Irons with particular attention to heavy section DI castings and solution strengthened ferritic ductile irons (SS-FDI). He has published more than 130 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and contributed book chapters (in SCOPUS data base: 79 documents, 607 citations, h-index = 16). In addition to his editorial role with Advances in Materials Science and Engineering and SciFed Journal of Metallurgical Science, he frequently serves as reviewer for many other professional journals and national as well as international funding agencies. He is scientific coordinator of the Italian research program on mechanical characterization of heavy section ductile irons

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): 7B0EEBF604C9082F15E253EC9C846280.pdf

Research areas
The scientific activity of Paolo Ferro has been structured on various issues related to metallurgical processes and their influence on the final properties of the products they derive from.
His research has covered both issues of industrial interest (foundry, heat treatment and welding), carried out in collaboration with Italian and foreign industries, and theoretical aspects linked to machine design and metallurgy (i.e.: design criteria for welded and bonded structures, influence of phase transformations on residual and asymptotic stress fields induced by welding process). His initial training in the study of machine design (under the supervision of Prof. Paolo Lazzarin) and the subsequent deepening in the field of simulation of metallurgical processes, allowed him to integrate coherently and with original results the topics coming from mechanical engineering (i.e.: structural analysis) with those related to metallurgy (i.e.: phase transformations). The results of his research about Residual Notch Stress Intensity Factors (R-NSIFs) induced by welding were cited in the advance research topics of Diter Radaj’s book: Ermüdungsfestigkeit, Grundlagen für Ingenieure. 3. Auflage. Springer, 2007 (ISBN 9783540714590) (p. 254).
His research activity was carried out through a focalized approach on:
• the study of stress distribution induced by thermal loads and influenced by phase transformations;
• development of analytical, semi-analytical and numerical models of metallurgical processes with particular attention to heat treatments and traditional as well as innovative welding processes;
• experimental investigations of different metallic products microstructure and properties (foundry products, additive manufactured products, welded joints, innovative materials, heat treated alloys). Particular attention has been addressed to the microstructure-properties correlation.
Part of this research activity was also carried out within national and international research projects and collaborations (agreements) with national and international industries.
His recent research activities regard:
1. metallurgical and mechanical characterization of additive manufactured components and numerical simulation of additive manufacturing process;
2. R-NSIFs determination by means of Peak Stress Method (PSM). Numerical simulation of single and multipass welding process applied to large structures;
3. metallurgical and mechanical characterization of new generation ductile iron castings (Solution Strengthened Ferritic Ductile Irons, SS-FDI);
4. modelling of precipitation and dissolution kinetics of secondary phases in duplex and superduplex stainless steels.

[1] M. Colussi, P. Ferro, F. Berto, G. Meneghetti (2018). The peak stress method to calculate residual notch stress intensity factors in welded joints. FATIGUE & FRACTURE OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS & STRUCTURES, ISSN: 1460-2695
[2] Borsato T, Ferro P, Berto F, Carollo C (2017). Fatigue strength improvement of heavy-section pearlitic ductile iron castings by in-mould inoculation treatment. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FATIGUE, vol. 102, p. 221-227, ISSN: 0142-1123
[3] E. Battaglia, F. Bonollo, P. Ferro (2017). Experimental Damage Criterion for Static and Fatigue Life Assessment of Commercial Aluminum Alloy Die Castings. METALLURGICAL AND MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS. A, PHYSICAL METALLURGY AND MATERIALS SCIENCE, vol. 48, p. 2574-2583, ISSN: 1073-5623
[4] F. Berto, P. Ferro, H. Salavati (2017). Fatigue strength of sharp V-notched specimens made of ductile cast iron. ENGINEERING FAILURE ANALYSIS, ISSN: 1350-6307
[5] Ferro P, Berto F., James N.M. (2017). Asymptotic residual stress distribution induced by multipass welding processes. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FATIGUE, vol. 101, p. 421-429, ISSN: 0142-1123
[6] Ferro P., Berto F., James N.M. (2017). Asymptotic residual stress distribution induced by multipass welding processes. Int. J. Fatigue. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FATIGUE, vol. 101, p. 421-429, ISSN: 0142-1123
[7] P. Ferro, A. Fabrizi, J.-O. Nilsson (2017). Intermetallic Phase Precipitation in Duplex Stainless Steels: Considerations on the Use of Johnson-Mehl-Avrami- Kolmogorov Equation. RESEARCH AND REPORTS ON METALS, vol. 1, p. 1-6
[8] P. Ferro, F. Berto, M. N. James (2017). A simplified model for TIG-dressing numerical simulation. MODELLING AND SIMULATION IN MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, vol. 25, 035012, ISSN: 0965-0393
[9] Razavi S.M.M., Ferro P, Berto F., Torgersen J. (2017). Fatigue strength of blunt V-notched specimens produced by selective laser melting of Ti-6Al-4V. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED FRACTURE MECHANICS, ISSN: 0167-8442, doi: 10.1016/j.tafmec.2017.06.021
[10] T. Borsato, P. Ferro, F. Berto, C. Carollo (2017). Mechanical and fatigue properties of pearlitic ductile iron castings characterized by long solidification times. ENGINEERING FAILURE ANALYSIS, vol. 79, p. 902-912, ISSN: 1350-6307, doi: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2017.06.007
[11] Berto F., Ayatollahi M.R., Borsato T., Ferro P. (2016). Local strain energy density to predict size-dependent brittle fracture of cracked specimens under mixed mode loading. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED FRACTURE MECHANICS, vol. 86, p. 217-224, ISSN: 0167-8442
[12] Borsato Thomas, Ferro Paolo, Berto Filippo, Carollo Carlo (2016). Mechanical and Fatigue Properties of Heavy Section Solution Strengthened Ferritic Ductile Iron Castings. ADVANCED ENGINEERING MATERIALS, vol. 18, p. 2070-2075, ISSN: 1438-1656
[13] Ferro P, Berto F., James M.N. (2016). Asymptotic residual stresses in butt-welded joints under fatigue loading. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED FRACTURE MECHANICS, vol. 83, p. 114-124, ISSN: 0167-8442

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): 7B0EEBF604C9082F15E253EC9C846280.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2019/20
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IN0522 COMMON INP9086479 6 1st Year (2019/20) First
IN0506 001PD IN05105646 9 3rd Year (2019/20) First
IN0531 COMMON INL1000015 6 2nd Year (2019/20) Second