Lazzarin Fatigue Lab



The Fatigue Lab, which is now one of the biggest in Europe, is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Paolo Lazzarin who suddenly passed away in September 2014. Prof. Lazzarin research was mainly centered on theoretical studies of stress fields near sharp and blunt notches and fracture and fatigue assessment of materials in the presence of severe stress raisers. He made key contributions in notch mechanics, such as the development of a static and fatigue strength criterion for sharp and blunt notches based on the constancy of the strain energy density in a control volume surrounding the notch tip. He published more than 150 scientific papers in international journals-- a figure that rises to more than 200 papers with the inclusion of conferences and Italian journals—with some of these papers achieving an exceptional number of cites. Prof. Lazzarin’s contribution and value to his field has been recognized at an international level. He was on the board of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures from 2002, becoming Editor in 2012, and he has worked as reviewer for many other prestigious international journals, including International Journal of Fatigue, Engineering Fracture Mechanics, International Journal of Fracture and International Journal of Solids and Structures. His loss will be keenly felt by all who knew him and we are deeply saddened to have lost such a valuable and kind colleague. Paolo Lazzarin will remain in our memories as an eloquent scientist, a prodigious engineer, a hardworking man and a humorous friend. His work will, for many years to come, help students and practitioners better understand and better master his area of expertise.




I wish to show my personal gratitude to Professor Paolo Lazzarin to whom I feel deeply indebted. He has guided many students and young researchers through the unexplored forest of scientific research, sharing generously not just his ideas and wisdom but also his friendship. For this reason he was loved by his students and younger colleagues, embodying that old latin proverb which says: ‘To teach Latin to John, it is not enough to know Latin, it is also necessary to know John and love him’.






The mechanical testing lab at IPM contains equipment for testing material properties of different samples. The aim is to be able to customize either the machine or grips so the students and professor are able to run their experiments. The cylinders used in the lab are of different types for tensile, compression and fatigue testing.



Equipment in the laboratory:

Hydraulic cylinders: From 1 N – 1000 kN

Load Cells: From 1 N up to 1000 kN


Equipment for logging strain: Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR 4600), Digital Image Correlation (DIC), Electrical Strain Gauges.