Raffaella Sesana

Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (DIMEAS)

  • Member Comitato Unico di Garanzia
  • Member of Interdepartmental Center J-Tech@PoliTO


Research interests

Fatigue behaviour
Mechanical characterization
Nanostructured materials


Raffaella Sesana is Assistant Professor in Politecnico di Torino since 2004 for the scientific-disciplinary sector ING-IND/14 Progettazione Meccanica e Costruzione di Macchine; she has been PhD since 1999 in Design and Construction of Machines in Politecnico di Torino. She got the degree in Mechanical Engineering in Politecnico di Milano in 1993 (100/100). She is Assistant Professor of Degree and Master Degree as Constructive Elements of Machines, Dynamic Design of Machines, Construction of Machines, Structural Mechanics, Machine Design. She is author of papers published on journals and/or presented to congresses and conferences. From 2001 she attends two research groups of active job on fatigue of metallic materials, LCF anc HCF damage and life estimation of metallic materials, experimental techniques, thermography, non destructive testing The main themes of research currently in progress are: - Fatigue: analytical and experimental aspects, application of the Thermographic technique to the non destructive determination of the fatigue limit; - Damage criteria for thermo-mechanical fatigue: analytical and numerical comparison between models, development of energetic damage criteria, finite element modeling and evaluation of residual life of mechanical components; - Experimental characterization of materials and components of automotive interest (static, fatigue); - Analysis and development of constitutive models for the cyclic plastic behavior of steels; - Design and numerical simulation (finite element and multi-body codes; structural simulation) of mechanical and automotive components and systems. Raffaella Sesana has joined many research programs and contracts

Scientific branch

(Area 0009 - Industrial and information engineering)


ERC sectors

PE8_7 - Mechanical and manufacturing engineering (shaping, mounting, joining, separation)


Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth
Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

Awards and Honors

  • Fondo per il finanziamento delle attività base di ricerca FFABR 2017 conferred by Ministero dell’istruzione, dell’università e della ricerca, Italy (2017)


  • Effective member - AIAS, Italia (1995-2100)


PhD Boards

  • INGEGNERIA MECCANICA, 2021/2022 (38. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA MECCANICA, 2020/2021 (37. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA MECCANICA, 2019/2020 (36. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA MECCANICA, 2018/2019 (35. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA MECCANICA, 2015/2016 (32. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA MECCANICA, 2014/2015 (31. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
  • INGEGNERIA MECCANICA, 2013/2014 (30. ciclo)
    Politecnico di TORINO
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Master of Science

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Bachelor of Science

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Supervised PhD students

  • Luca Campello. Programme in Ingegneria Meccanica (cycle 38, 2022-in progress)
  • Matteo Crachi. Programme in Ingegneria Meccanica (cycle 38, 2022-in progress)
  • Nazanin Sheibanian. Programme in Ingegneria Meccanica (cycle 38, 2022-in progress)
  • Luca Santoro. Programme in Ingegneria Meccanica (cycle 37, 2021-in progress)
  • Irene Pessolano Filos. Programme in Ingegneria Meccanica (cycle 35, 2019-in progress)
    Thesis: Non-destructive techniques for damage analysis in standards and hybrid bearings


PoliTO co-authors

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