Jacob M. Lifshitz

Jacob M. Lifshitz
Professor Emeritus
Office: 500B, LD

Former Holder of the Dan Tolkovsky Chair in Mechanical Engineering


  • 1960 - B.Sc., Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion - I.I.T.
  • 1963 - M.Sc., Solid Mechanics, Division of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, R.I., USA
  • 1965 - Ph.D., Solid Mechanics, Division of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, R.I., USA

Research Interests

  • Interlaminar properties of fiber reinforced composite (FRC) laminates.
  • Damage tolerance of graphite/epoxy beams under cyclic loading.
  • Instrumented impact loading and repeated impact of FRP beams and plates.
  • Stress wave loading (Hopkinson bar)of materials in tension, compression and shear
  • Fatigue delamination of composite laminates in mode I, II and III.
  • Vibration damping
  • Filament wound pressure vessels: residual strength and repair after impact
  • Mechanical properties of microsensor materials

Guest Appointments

  • Senior Res. Assoc., NRC, NASA Ames, Calif. (1985-1987, 1978-1979)
  • Senior Foreign Sci. Fellow, NSF, IIT Chicago, Ill. (1971-1972)
  • Visiting Assoc. Prof., IIT, Chicago, Ill. (1971-1972)
  • Assist. Prof. (Research), Brown Univ., R.I. (1965)

Public Professional Activities

Membership in Professional Societies

  • ASTM

  • J.M. Lifshitz, "Deformational behavior of a unidirectional Graphite/Epoxy composite under compressive fatigue", J. of Composites Technology & Research, Vol. 11, No. 3, 99-105, (1989).
  • M. Leibowitz and J.M. Lifshitz, "Experimental verification of modal parameters for 3-layered sandwich beams", Int. J. Solids Structures, Vol. 26, No. 2, 175-184, (1990).
  • J.M. Lifshitz and H. Leber, "Data processing in the Split Hopkinson pressure bar tests", Int. J. of Impact Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 6, 723-733, (1994).
  • J.M. Lifshitz, F. Gov and M. Gandelsman, "Instrumented low velocity impact of CFRP beams", Int. J. of Impact Engineering, Vol. 16, No. 2, 201-215, (1995).
  • J.M. Lifshitz and H. Dayan, "Filament-wound pressure vessel with thick metal liner", composite Structures, Vol. 32, Nos. 1-4, 313-323, (1994).
  • H. Leber and J.M. Lifshitz, "Interlaminar Shear Behavior of Plain Weave GFRP at Static and High Rates of Strain", Composites Science and Technology, Vol. 56, No. 4, 391-405, (1996).
  • J.M. Lifshitz and M. Gandelsman, "Effect of Near Surface Impact-Induced Damage on the Residual Strength of Woven Glass/Epoxy Composite Beams", Composite Science and Technology, Vol. 57, No. 2, 205-216, (1997).
  • J.M. Lifshitz and D. Gildin, "Failure of Delaminated Carbon/Epoxy Composite Beams under Cyclic Compression", Composite Structures, Vol. 39, Nos. 3-4, 289-296, (1997).
  • J.M. Lifshitz and H. Leber, "Response of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers to High- Strain-Rate Loading in Interlaminar Tension and Combined Tension/Shear", Composites Sci. & Technology, Vol. 58, No. 6, 987-996, (1998).
  • O. Ishai and J.M. Lifshitz, "Quality Assurance of GFRP Pipes for Seawater Cooling of Power Plants", J. of Composites for Construction, ASCE, (1999).