MSc in Materials Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2001 with a thesis on thermal stresses. PhD in Materials Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2005 on cohesive fracture. Assistant researcher at Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering departiment of Politecnico di Milano from 2005 to 2008. He has been appointed Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Technology in 2008 in the same department.
Luca Andena taught in several courses of Industrial and Information Engineering, Design and PhD schools of Politecnico, Milano. He presently teaches the following courses: “Materiali polimerici e progettazione”, “Materials selection criteria and methods”, "Methods for the compositional analysis and characterization of materials", "Physico-mechanical characterization of materials".
He has a deep interest in technology and physical-mechanical properties of polymer, composites and adhesives. His research, focused on the determination of structure-properties relationships, has been characterized by an experimental approach often paired with numerical modelling of the materials’ mechanical behaviour.
His main research interests are thermal stresses, viscoelasticity, adhesion, tribology and fracture of polymers. He worked on a fracture mechanics base approach for the long-term prediction of polymeric components subject to stress cracking, also in presence of active environment. He's been involved in many industrial projects, mainly in the tires, packaging and sports engineering sector - in particular with the study of the performance and ageing of athletics tracks.