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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Zu'an Wang, Yinze Lei, Jing Xie, Pengfei Wang, Gan Feng, Yong Kang, Pengwan Chen, D. Rittel "Surface removal of ductile metal using cyclic lowfrequency impact of a discrete particle-less waterjet"
S. Aharoni, D. Rittel, K. Shemtov-Yona "Compressive mechanical behavior and failure of the pig bone rib and correlation to its morphological characteristics"
Elnatan Maayan, Pokhojaev Ariel, Habashi Waseem, Garkun Andrey, Rittel Daniel, Sarig Rachel "Investigating the etiology of non-carious cervical lesions: Novel µCT analysis"
The load needed to detach a grape
Impact Crushing of 3D
Impact Gelation of MC Gel