Glass Structures & Advanced Materials modelling


















Ing. Mauro Corrado, Ph.D. – Director


Assistant Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics      

Dept. of Structural, Geotechnical and Building  Engineering

Politecnico di Torino


Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24

10129 Torino (Italy)

Phone: +39 011 0904858

Fax: +39 011 0904899



Former Marie Curie Fellow

at the Institute of Civil Engineering

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)




Ing. Gregorio Mariggiò

PhD student

Dept. of Structural, Geotechnical and Building  Engineering

Politecnico di Torino







Ing. Luisa Gaiero

Research assistant

Dept. of Structural, Geotechnical and Building  Engineering

Politecnico di Torino





Biografical sketch and career


  Mauro Corrado attended the master (5 years) in Civil Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, where he got the degree with a dissertation on “Applicability of shear-capacity models to reinforced concrete deep beams”, (supervisor Prof. Giuseppe Mancini), on 2004 with a final score of 110/110 cum laude.

  At the end of 2004 he was admitted to the PhD course in Structural Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, where he started his academic carrier at the Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering with the following positions:

- January 2005 – April 2008: PhD Student with scholarship. Thesis entitled: “Size-scale effects on the plastic rotational capacity of reinforced concrete beams” (Supervisors: Prof. Alberto Carpinteri and Prof. Giuseppe Mancini).

- March 2008 – October 2011: post-Doctoral Fellow.

- November 2011 – present: Assistant Professor of Structural Mechanics.

- September 2014 – August 2016: Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory of the Institute of Civil Engineering at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland.

  Dr. Corrado has been the Coordinator of the student mobility (Erasmus+ Programme) for the School of Civil Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino since from January 2013 to September 2014. He has also been the Responsible for the Quality System Management of the Laboratory of Materials and Structures of the Politecnico di Torino from July 2013 to July 2014.

  Aggregate Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics in the School of Civil Engineering since the A.Y. 2012/13.

  Visiting Professor at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Lucca, Italy (February-March 2014 and April-May 2017), Visiting Researcher in the Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (June 2017).

  Dr. Corrado is a recipient of a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF).

  Dr. Corrado is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Structural Glass and Advanced Materials Research and the journal Fracture and Structural Integrity.






  2017 - 2019: Project Coordinator of the research project “Enhancing the effective strength of structural glass with functional coatings” funded by Politecnico di Torino and Compagnia di San Paolo under the call “Create a network around your research idea 2017”; Partners: Glass and Transparency Research Group from TU Delft (The Netherlands), and Cromology Italia SpA (Italy); total funding: 150 kEuro.

  2014 - 2016: Principal Investigator of the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship 2013 “A multi-scale numerical approach for a consistent understanding and modelling of structural concrete” (grant agreement no. 628921); coordinator: Prof. Jean-Francois Molinari (EPFL); total funding: 212 kEuro.

  2014: Coordinator of the consultancy contract “Quantitative evaluation of the crack pattern in photovoltaic modules”; total budget: 4 kEuro



Participation in Research Projects


  2012-2017: Participant of the ERC Starting Grant “Multi-field and multi-scale computational approach to design and durability of photovoltaic modules” (Principal Investigator: Dr. Marco Paggi).

  2012-2017: Participant of the FIRB Future in Research 2010: “Structural Mechanics models for renewable energy applications” (Principal Investigator: Dr. Marco Paggi).

  2010-2012: Participant of the Italian Project of National Interest (PRIN) “Advanced applications of Fracture Mechanics for the study of integrity and durability of materials and structures” (Principal Investigator: Prof. Alberto Carpinteri).

Invited Lectures/Seminars


  An XFEM strategy to analyse the scale-slenderness-reinforcement failure mode transitions in RC beams”, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, February 27, 2014.

  “Dynamic behavior of finite thickness cohesive interfaces”, IUTAM Symposium on Materials and Interfaces under High Strain Rate and Large Deformation, June 17-21, 2013, Metz, France.

  Static and dynamic nonlinear fracture mechanics: applications to RC and composite elements”, Laboratoire de Simulation en Mécanique des Solides, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, January 28, 2013.

  The Overlapping Crack Model to analyze the nonlinear behaviour of concrete and reinforced concrete structures”, at the meeting with Prof. James R. Rice (Harvard University), November 24, 2008, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy.

Conference Organization


  Organizer of the Minisymposium “Advanced multi-physics and multi-scale techniques for modeling inelastic processes in solids: damage, fracture and contact mechanics” at the ECCOMAS Congress 2016, Crete Island, Greece. Co-organizers: M. Paggi (IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy) and J. Reinoso (University of Hannover, Germany).

  Member of the Organizing Committee of the X-DMS 2015: eXtended Discretization MethodS, Ferrara, Italy, September 9-11, 2015.

  Member of the Organizing Committee of the XXI Congresso Nazionale di Meccanica Teorica ed Applicata (AIMETA 2013), Torino, Italy, September 17-20, 2013.

  Co-chairman in the session “Size and Scale Effects” of the 7th International Conference on Fracture Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures (FraMCoS-7), 2010, Jeju, Korea.

Referee Activities


Dr. Corrado is an expert evaluator for the Italian Ministry of University, Education and Research, the Czech Fulbright-Masaryk Commission, and the European Commission (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018).

Peer-reviewer for the following international journals:

  ACI Materials Journal (American Concrete Institute)

  ACI Structural Journal (American Concrete Institute)

  Advances in Materials Science and Engineering (Hindawi Publishing Corporation)

  Applied Mathematical Modelling (Elsevier)

  Engineering Fracture Mechanics (Elsevier)

  Engineering Structures (Elsevier)

  Frattura e Integrità Strutturale (Italian Group of Fracture)

  International Journal of Fatigue (Elsevier)

  International Journal of Solids and Structures (Elsevier)

  Journal of Bridge Engineering (ASCE Publications)

  Journal of Structural Engineering (ASCE Publications)

  Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology (Springer)

  Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids (SAGE)

  Materials and Structures (Springer)

  Structures (Elsevier)

  The Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering (Springer)


Peer-reviewer of book proposals for Elsevier Science and Technology Books.

Major Collaboration


Dr. Corrado and his research unit collaborate with several research centers, universities, and institutions around the world and in Italy, including:


   MUSAM - Multi-scale Analysis of Materials, IMT Lucca, Italy ( multi-scale and multi-physics modelling in the finite element framework, application of the cohesive zone model for the analysis of crack propagation along material interfaces and in multi-crystalline materials.

   Glass and Transparency Research Group, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands ( structural glass.

   LSMS - Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland ( multi-scale finite element analysis of reinforced concrete elements in quasi-static and dynamic regimes.

   Elasticity and Strength of Materials Group, School of Engineering, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain: implicit finite element method for delamination in composite materials, in dynamic regime and under the hypothesis of large displacements.

   Prof. Laura De Lorenzis, analytical models for delamination in composite materials, Institute of Applied Mechanics, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany.

   Prof. Alison Raby and Prof. Yaqub Rafiq, finite element analysis of impact loadings on offshore structures, School of Marine Science and Engineering, Plymouth University, UK.

   Dr. Baoming Gong, ductile crack propagation in metallic materials, Tianjin University, China.


Besides, Dr. Corrado and his research unit are promoting technology transfer with industrial collaborations:

      Cromology Italia SpA (

      Bottero Glass Technologies (

      SOLBIAN Energie Rinnovabili Srl

      Dott. Gallina Srl

      Stucky SA (Switzerland)


Supervision of graduate students


      Supervisor of a PhD candidate in the PhD programme of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Torino.

      Co-advisor of a PhD project in Structural Engineering (2009/11). PhD candidate: Dr. Baoming Gong; thesis title: “Hardening Cohesive/Overlapping Zone Model and Fractal Approach to Ductile Fracture”.

      Co-advisor of 12 Theses for the Master degree in Civil Engineering.

        Academic tutor of 3 training internships.

Last updated by Mauro Corrado on May 2019