Experimental mechanics in Israel
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Experimental mechanics in the modern sense started to come to Israel only in the late fifties of the present century. At present, there are two groups of active foci: the universities on the one hand, and the research and development groups of the defense establishment on the other hand. In contrast to the United States and most European countries, there is presently little interest and requirement for experimental mechanics within private industry and within the government agencies which do not deal with defense related activities.
Because of natural and demographic reasons, the bulk of activity in the field is carried out in two geographical areas: Tel-Aviv and Haifa. There are also secondary foci in Jerusalem, Rehovoth and Beer-Sheba.
For technical reasons and because of physical limitations, only some topics are mentioned and no effort is made to cover everything interesting in experimental mechanics which is going on in Israel today. In most areas, we meet with optical methods, strain-gage applications, or special pickups and instrumentation, particularly for dynamic measurements.
KeywordsUnited States Fluid Dynamics Related Activity Government Agency Optical Method
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