Alessandra Altamura, Ph.D. (2013)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since November 2014: Patent Examiner at European Patent Office - Munich
  • 2013-2014: Project Manager in mpx Entwicklung - Munich - Germany. Sector: Automotive – vehicle design
  • 2011-2012: Visiting Researcher at TUM


2008-2013: Joint PhD Degree (Mechanical engineering)
Institutes: Technische Universität München, ERA Group
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dissertation: Reliability of structural components under variable amplitude high cycle fatigue
Supervisors: Univ-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Daniel Straub (TUM)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefano Beretta (Politecnico di Milano)


  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue design of mechanical components (Experimental methods, data analysis, analytical and statistical models applied to steel)
  • Reliability based design (Monte Carlo, First Order Reliability and Subset Simulation methods / Reliability evaluation of components containing defects and subjected to fatigue / Statistical analysis of experimental data and design of experiments)
  • Metallurgy (Microstructural analysis of steels / Production methods of seamless steel pipes)


A. Altamura D. Straub
Reliability assessment of high cycle fatigue under variable amplitude loading: review and solutions.
Engineering Fracture Mechanics, vol. 121–122 pp. 40–66, 2014.
A. Altamura D. Straub
Subset simulation for reliability estimation of mechanical components subjected to fatigue using the Forman-Mettu model
ASRANet-Conference 2012, London, UK, July 2012.
Altamura A., Beretta S.
Reliability assessment of hydraulic cylinders considering service loads and flaw distribution.
Int. J. Pressure Vessels and Piping, under review

Cristea M., Beretta S., Altamura A. (2012)
Fatigue limit assessment on seamless tubes in presence of inhomogeneities: experimental small vs. full scale testing.
International Journal of fatigue, 41: 150-157
Altamura A., Beretta S., Desimone H.J. (2009)
Reliability of hydraulic cylinders.
Proceedings of the ICF12 (International Conference on Fatigue), Ottawa