News

  • 23/09/14: Today we had a nice (partial) group party to celebrate the New Year (Rosh Hashana). Thank you all for joining and making this event so special. Special thanks To Keren and Carmela Shemtov who brought all the way from Tel Avivand cooked the delicious kubbehs and the exquisite curried chicken, and to Dan Huang who introduced us to the very fine Chinese dumplings she prepared. And of course to the usual musketeers, Yonathan, Adam and Saguy who cared for the logistics and chose a delicious red wine. To all the members of my group a happy and healthy new year! (images: 1, 2)
  • Warm congratulations to Dr. Z. Lovinger for winning the “Pazi Prize for Excellent PhD Research”.
  • The DFL is happy to welcome back Asst. Prof. S. Osovski and his family.
  • 07/14: Our group was well represented at ICEM-16 in Cambridge, UK. We had 3 excellent presentations of Zeev, Keren and Yonathan (images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
  • 23/06/14: Today, Zeev Lovinger added Dr. to his name. Warm congratulations Zeev for this achievement. And this was a reason to celebrate of course, together Dr. A. Venkert and Dr. Z. Rosenberg (examiners) and the usual suspects of the group! (Slideshow)
  • 19/05/14: Today we had a long awaited group meeting. Yonathan and keren exposed their oral communication at the coming ICEM (Cambridge). This was also the opportunity to greet our new members, Prof. Huang Dan and Dvir Blummer (new grad student).
  • Welcome to Prof. Huang Dan from Henan Polytechnic University. Dan will spend a one year sabbatical in our group.

  • Welcome to Dvir Blummer, a new M.Sc. Student who will work on transparent ceramics.
  • Warm congratulations to D. Richler for defending the Master’s thesis during the final oral examination.
  • 12/05/14: Warm congratulations to Yonathan Rotbaum who presented his research results in the seminar.
  • Our biaxial, fluid loaded membrane bulging apparatus is now fully operational. It consists of a dual facility for quasi-static and dynamic loading on the same frame (images: 1, 2, 3, 4).
  • 01/05/14: Warm congratulations to Rafi Fadida for his M.Sc. seminar on the dynamic behaviour of laser additive printed Ti6Al4V with controlled porosity.
  • 30/04/14 Warm congratulations to Rafi Sitton for passing his M.Sc. Exam.
  • The DFL is delighted to host Prof. J.A. Rodriguez-Martinez and his graduate student A. Vaz Romero from U. Carlos III, Madrid, Spain (images: 1, 2, 3).
  • 21/01/14: Congratulations to Tomer Noam who defended his M.Sc. research thesis on scaling the failure of structures exposed to close-range blasts.
  • 01/14: The DFL welcomes Nofar Deloya, a new graduate student who will work on constitutive modelling of polymers.

  • 12/12/2013: Congratulations to Zeev Lovinger who presented his Ph.D. Seminar on the electromagnetic collapse of thick-walled cylinders.
  • 18/12/2013: Congratulations to Rebecca Oiknine who defended her research work on adiabatic shear in various brass alloys, and completed her Diploma from Ecole Polytechnique-Ecole des Mines de Paris.
  • 27/11/2013: Congratulations to Nathanael L. Barham who passed his final M.Sc. examination

  • 11/2013: Warm congratulations to Keren Shemtov whose poster on Fatigue of Dental Implants has been elected as the best poster of the Faculty Research Day.
  • 10/2013: Prof. D. Rittel is nominated Honorary Professor at Univ. Carlos III (Madrid), for 2013-2014, Dpt. Of Continuum Mechanics and Structures.
  • 02/09/2013: The Mechanics Center is happy to welcome our new Instron machine.
  • 09/07/2013: Raul Munoz is leaving back for Birmingham University after spending one month with us. Best wishes of success for the continuation of your PhD research and keep in touch.
  • 13/06/2013 Daniel Richler gave an excellent presentation of his master’s work on the dynamic properties of gels. Let’s congratulate him.
  • 04/06/2013: David Sory is going back to Belgium after five months with us. Bon voyage and best wishes. On the picture of the improvised farewell toast, left to right: Adam Godinger, Saguy Chen, Yonathan Rotbaum, Anna Yablonsky, Dany Rittel, David Sory, Raul Munoz.
  • 04/06/2013: DFL welcomes Raul Munoz (University of Birmingham, UK) who will perform dynamic experiments with us on Inconel 718 for the coming month.
  • 30/05/13: Warm congratulations to Keren Shemtov-Yona (DDS) who passed her M.Sc. examination with flying colors. Keren stays with us for a PhD.
  • 20/05/2013 Congratulations to Alexander (Sasha) Belenky (center of the picture) who passed his final thesis defense exam. A well deserved improvised toast followed ….
  • 25/04/2013: Congratulations to Tomer Noam who presented his Master’s research work on “Scaling dynamic failure of blast loaded structures”
  • 22/04/2013: Let us welcome Mrs. Rebecca Oiknine (Ecole Polytechnique-Ecole des Mines de Paris) who joins us for 8 months to work on adiabatic shear related problems.
  • 17/04/2013: Warm congratulations to Shmulik Osovski for the defence of his doctoral thesis.
  • Shmuel Osovski (Univ. North Texas) gave a seminar lecture: “Microstructure, crack morphology and fracture toughness – Is there a correlation?”. Welcome Shmulik!
  • 11/04/2013: Congratulations to Rafi Sitton for presenting a seminar on his M.Sc. research work on the application of contact mechanics to load sensing.

  • 11/04/2013: The Dynamic Fracture Lab. mourns the loss of our colleague Em. Prof. Ori Ishai. He will be missed.

  • Prof. D. Rittel is the recipient of the 2013 Cooper Prize for excellence in research.
  • 31.03.13: We had an unexpected visitor in the lab. Nathanael managed to host and picture it.
  • 10/2/2013 We welcome Prof. Jose Antonio Rodrigues Martinez (U. Carlos III-Madrid) who visits us for one month.

  • 31/01/2013: Congratulations to Nathanael L. Barham for presenting a seminar on his M.Sc. research work on the dynamic strength of nickel-alumina and monolithic alumina ceramics.
  • 23/1/2013: DFL welcomes David Sory from ECAM (Bruxelles) who joins us for his graduate research thesis for a period of 5 months.

  • 11/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Keren Shemtov-Yona for her third paper in Clinical Oral Implants Research.
  • 11/2012: Sasha Belenky gave the seminar (defense) for his Ph.D. thesis. Congratulations.
  • 11/2012: Mr. A. (Avi) Amon has reached retirement. Thank you Avi for all your contributions, and our best wishes of health and happiness in your new life.
  • 10/2012: Dr. Keren Shemtov-Yona gave the seminar (defense) for her M.Sc. thesis. Congratulations.
  • 10/2012: Welcome Rafi Fadida, a new graduate student (M.Sc.)
  • 10/2012: Welcome Nadav Ish Shalom, a new graduate student (M.Sc.)
  • 10/2012: Welcome Jonathan Rotbaum who joins the group as RA and future graduate student.
  • 10/2012: Congratulations to Shmulik Osovski for his paper in Applied Physics Letters.
  • 09/2012: Congratulations to Dr. Shemtov-Yona for her two papers in Clinical implant Dentistry and Related Research.
  • 09/2012: Congratulations to Shmulik Osovski for his paper in Mechanics of Materials.
  • 09/2011-2012: D. Rittel holds a Catedra de Excellencia, University Carlos III Madrid, Dept. of Continuum Mechanics and Structures.
  • 07/2012: D. Rittel is elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Mechanics.
  • 07/2012: D. Rittel gave a series of lectures at CISM (Udine) on Experimental Mechanics.
  • 07/2012: Mazal tov to Hanna Kotler-Choukroun and her husband Benny on the occasion of their wedding.
  • 06/2012: Yoni Nahmani completed his B.Sc. he will be joining the Israel Standards Institute. Best wishes of success!
  • 06/2012: Congratulations to Idan Ptashnik for his M.Sc. thesis on “Dynamic fragmentation”. (Principal advisor Prof.D. Durban).

  • 03/2011: D. Rittel appointed Deputy Senior Vice President, Technion
  • 10-16/03/2011: Prof. A. Needleman (UNT) is visiting to present his work (2 talks) in the framework of the prestigious Distinguished Pollack Lectures.
  • 04/2011 : Welcome Dr. Keren Shemtov-Yona who joins the group as graduate student (M.Sc.) . Her research on dental implants’ failure will be carried out jointly with the Technion Faculty of Medicine (Prof. E. Machtei).
  • 9/03/2011: Dr. A Dorogoy presented his research on the ballistic properties of glassy polymers. Thanks Avraham!
  • 15/02/2011: We lauched our first group (pizza) meeting. Thanks to Shmulik Osovski for organizing it. Thanks to Dr. Dan Mordehai for presenting is fascinating work on MD modeling of mechanical behavior at the nanoscale.
  • Fall 2010: Our latest piece of equipment is here: A high speed digital camera. The Cordin model 530 takes 16 (1000×1000) pictures at 200.000 frames/second.