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Daniel Rittel


Daniel Rittel – Israel Institute of Technology – TECHNION. Israel

Daniel Rittel received his PhD and MSc in Materials Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated in Materials Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Dr. Rittel is Professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Israel Institute of Technology. He did his postdoc at Yale University (Mechanical Engng., 1989-1990). He also held a Visiting Professor position at the California Institute of Technology, at Ecole des Mines de Paris, and currently at Beijing Institute of Technology. He worked as a Research Scientist in the Solid Mechanics Division at the Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France), and received a Catedra de Excelencia at UC3M in 2011.

His research interests focus on Experimental Mechanics of Materials. Specifically, dynamic fracture mechanics, numerical modeling of material/structural behavior failure analysis of materials/mechanicals systems and Dental Biomechanics. He collaborates as Associate Editor of “Mechanics of Materials”, “International Journal of Engineering Science”, “Experimental Mechanics” (previously), and has co-authored about180 journal publications.

D. Rittel is a Fellow of the ASME and the SEM.



The purpose of Dr. Rittel's visit to the University Carlos III of Madrid is to further strengthen the existing collaboration with the researchers of the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Engineering in the field of dynamic failure of materials and structures (blast, impact and penetration), especially with Prof. J.A. Rodriguez-Martinez’s group. The idea is to discuss and implement new experimental approaches pertaining to the thermomechanics and failure criteria under dynamic loading, and their implementation into numerical simulation schemes.