He is author of more than 600 technical papers, 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 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.
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 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 huge funding for research activities. Main ongoing projects are related to industrial collaborations with Cimolai, Zincherie Valbrenta, Omera, Officine Meccaniche Zanetti, Rolls Royce, Sintef, Nexans and many others. He received prestigious awards for his scientific achievements as for example ESIS award of merit from the European Society of Structural Integrity and the Stephen Timoshenko Fellowship from Stanford University. In 2020 he received the Woehler medal from ESIS becoming the first Italian to receive such recognition. He has been also the younger recipient of this prestigious award in all the history of ESIS.