The Mechanics and Physics of high rate deformation and fracture is the central and historical research theme of the Dynamic Fracture Laboratory (DFL). The DFL was started within the Materials Mechanics Center in 1994 by D. Rittel, to address specific issues in dynamic fracture mechanics and stress wave physics through a combined experimental-numerical approach.

Since then, the Dynamic Fracture Laboratory has been actively developing new tools and techniques to address these issues, while expanding its activity to other related and exciting new domains, such as soft matter mechanics and dental biomechanics, or dental engineering. Throughout our research, we never lose sight of the governing physics of the processes that we characterize and model.


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G.G. Goviazin, A. Shirizly and D. Rittel "A comparative study of the performance of IR detectors vs. high-speed cameras under dynamic loading conditions"
Qiang Zhou, Rui Liu, Qiang Zhou, Keshe Fan, Jing Xie, Pengwan Chen, Daniel Rittel "Tensile behavior of the titanium-steel explosive welded interface under quasi-static and high-strain rate loading"
Sapir Gershov, Jing XIE, Furqan A. Shah, Keren Shemtov-Yona, Daniel Rittel "Modelling the resonant frequency associated with the spatio-temporal evolution of the bone-dental implant interface"
Ph.D. Movie by Refael Fadida
A Small Sphere Hits a Water Tank
Dynamic Shear Tension 1Mfps