Daniel Rittel

Daniel Rittel
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Office: 223, DK

The Zandman Chair in Experimental Mechanics Deputy Senior Vice President, Technion


  • 1979 - B.Sc., Materials Engineering, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheba.
  • 1983 - M.Sc., Materials Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1988 - Ph.D., Materials Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Research Interests

  • Experimental Mechanics.
  • Fracture mechanics (static and dynamic, damage).
  • Mechanical properties of materials.
  • Mechanical metallurgy.
  • Failure analysis of materials & mechanical systems.
  • Geophysics.

Guest Appointments

  • Visiting Associate, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2000-present)
  • Visiting Research Scientist in Centre des Materiaux - Ecole des Mines de Paris (2001)
  • Research Scientist in LMS Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (1991-1994)
  • Postdoctoral Associate in Yale University, New Haven (1989-1990)
  • Lecturer in Betzalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem (1983-1988)

Public Professional Activities

Membership in Professional Societies

  • ASME
  • ESIS
  • SEM

Honors and Awards

  • Chair of Excellence, University Carlos III, Madrid (6 months, 2011-2012)
  • Lt. Gen. A. Peled Research Fund for armor related subjects, 2009.
  • Clark B. Millikan Chair, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (2006-2007)
  • A. Goldberg research prize, 2002.
  • A.S. Tetelman Fellowship, 1983.

  • D. Rittel, P. Landau and A. Venkert, (2008), "Dynamic recrystallization as a potential cause for adiabatic shear failure", Physical Review Letters, 101 (16), 165501.
  • A. Neuberger, S. Peles and D. Rittel, "Springback of circular clamped armor steel plates subjected to spherical air-blast loading ", (2009), Int. J. Impact Engng, 36, 53-60.
  • P. Landau, A. Venkert and D. Rittel, (2010), "Microstructural aspects of adiabatic shear failure in annealed Ti6Al4V, Metallurgical and Material Transactions A, 41(2), 389-396.
  • A. Belenky, I. Bar-On and D. Rittel, (2010), "Static and dynamic fracture of transparent nanograined alumina", J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 58, 484-501.
  • D. Rittel and S. Osovski, (2010), "Dynamic failure by adiabatic shear banding", invited paper, Int. J. Fracture, 162, 177-185.
  • M. Dolinski, D. Rittel and A. Dorogoy, (2010), "Modeling dynamic shear failure from energy considerations", J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 58, 1759-1775.