Environmental, Water and Agricultural Engineering Transportation and Geo-Information Engineering Structural Engineering and Construction Management

David Yankelevsky, Professor Emeritus

Structural Engineering and Construction Management
Phone: +972-4-8292286 ; +972-4-8293927; +972-4-8292242 (secretary)
Fax: +972-4-8324534
Email: davidyri@technion.ac.il
Address: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa 32000, Israel
Home Page: http://cee.technion.ac.il/davidyri
Research Interests  
Structures Response to Impact and Blast Protective structures
Earthquake Engineering
Earthquake Preparedness
Mechanics of Reinforced Concrete
Damage and Failure of Concrete Structures
Soil Structure Interaction








Dr. David Yankelevsky is Professor of Structural Engineering at the Faculty of Civil and environmental engineering, and is the incumbent of the ATS Staff Chair in Engineering.

David Yankelevsky has earned his B.Sc. (Cum Laude) degree in Civil Engineering (in 1969) and his M.Sc. (in 1971) and D.Sc. (in 1979) degrees in Structural Engineering, from the Technion.

He joined the Faculty of Civil and Environmental engineering in 1980 after several years of R&D service with the Corps of engineers.

He has been teaching numerous courses in structural engineering, including: Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials, advanced Strength of Materials, Structural Analysis, Introduction to Engineering Design, Foundation engineering, Protective Structures, Soil Structure Interaction and Structures on Elastic Foundation.

During the years he has been a visiting Professor and a visiting scientist on sabbatical leave at Texas A&M university- USA, at Delft University of Technology- The Netherlands, at University of British Columbia- Vancouver, Canada, and at the University of Toronto-Ontario, Canada.

He has served Technion and Faculty committees for senior faculty promotion and tenure, and Faculty and Departmental committees for development, and for graduate studies. He had chaired a Faculty committee for a new teaching curriculum in Construction engineering.

Since 1998 he is Head of the National Building Research Institute (NBRI), Technion. NBRI is a Technion research institute that is jointly managed and funded by Technion and the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing. NBRI conducts research, and provides support at a national scale, assists in solution of complex and multidisciplinary problems, failure investigations, and operates through Governmental resolution a unit for evaluating and assessing of new building.

He is also Head of the recently established Interdisciplinary Research Center for Extreme Loads and Catastrophic Events, Faculty of CE&E, Technion.

He had been member of several forensic engineering investigation committees of major structural collapses.

He has been member of numerous professional committees in Israel (including standards committees) and abroad (including ACI committees). He has served on numerous Israeli national committees (including the Home Front Command steering team tank, the National steering Committee for Earthquake Preparedness etc.)

After the major collapse of the Versaille wedding Hall, he was appointed by the Government to chair the National Engineering 'Pal-Kal' Headquarters.

He is Israel's National delegate to the International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) and past member of the board of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB).

Through his management duties Dr David Yankelevsky actively participated in meetings of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Committees for State Audit, for Interior Affairs, for Earthquake Preparedness and for Science and Technology, and in the Ministerial Committee for Earthquake Preparedness.

He was chair of several International symposia and workshops and was member of the organizing and scientific board of numerous conferences.

He is member of several professional societies, and is Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Fellow o the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

He has refereed numerous papers for international journals: (ASCE, ACI, Int. Journal of Impact Engineering, Int. Journal of Solids and Structures, Engineering Structures, Computers and Structures etc)

He is member of the editorial board of 3 international journals:

  • - International Journal of Impact Engineering
  • - Engineering Structures
  • - International Journal of Protective Structures).

His research interests include Structures response to extreme loads (earthquake, impact and blast), modeling of mechanical behavior of reinforced concrete, high performance concrete, structural damage and failure of structural systems and soil-structure interaction.

In these areas he is currently conducting research on masonry infill walls under in plane non monotonic loading, on damage assessment of a large population of existing buildings due to a strong EQ, on the impact response of HSC, on blast in a confined room, on blast response of highway bridges, and on underground explosions in the proximity of buried structures.

David Yankelevsky has been continuously involved in funded research and maintains a research group supported by various sources (government, industry, competitive sources).

He has supervised 19  M.Sc. and  Ph.D. students and 3 postdoctoral fellows.

He has published about 200 papers in International professional journals and in international conferences and symposia proceedings. He Published 95  research reports, Wrote 2 books, several book chapters and edited 3 symposia and workshop proceedings.


Recent Publications:

1. Yankelevsky, D.Z., Karinski,Y., 'Dynamic Elasto-Plastic Response of Symmetrically Loaded Beams', Computers & Structures, 76, pp. 445-459, 2000.

2. Bar-on, E., Rubin,M., Yankelevsky, D.Z., 'Thermo Mechanical Constitutive Equations for Brittle Porous Materials', J. Physics, Vol. 10, No. 9, 2000 (pp. 81-86)

3. Bar-on, E., Partom, Y., Rubin, M.B., Yankelevsky, D.Z., 'Porous Compaction as the Mechanism Causing the Hugoniot Elastic Limit', Int. J. Impact Engineering, 27, 2002, pp. 509-520

4. Dancygier, A.N.,Yankelevsky, D.Z., 'Penetration Mechanisms of Non Deforming Projectiles Into Reinforced Concrete Barriers',  Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2002 (pp. 171-186)

5. Bar-on, E., Rubin, M.,Yankelevsky, D.Z.,  'Thermo Mechanical Constitutive Equations for the Dynamic Response of Ceramics', Int. J. Solids and Structures, Vol. 40, Issue 17, August 2003, pp. 4519-4548

6. Yagust, V.I., Yankelevsky, D.Z.- 'Strength Design Guidelines for Fastenings in Concrete- Revisited', Materials and Structures, Vol. 37, No. 273, pp. 570-574, 2004

7. Karinski, Y.S., Shershnev,V.V., Yankelevsky, D.Z.,- 'The Effect of an Interface Boundary Layer on the Resonance Properties of a Buried Structure', Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, 33, pp.227-247, 2004

8. Razdolski, A., Yankelevsky, D.Z., Karinski, Y., - 'Analysis of Slope Stability Based on Evaluation of Force Balance', Structural Engineering and Mechanics, vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 313-334, 2005

9. Antes M.Y., Karinski Y.S., Yankelevsky D.Z., 'On the BIEM Solution for a Half Space by Neumann Series', communications in numerical methods in Engineering , Volume 23, Issue 3, Date: March 2007, Pages: 197-211

10. Karinski,Y.S., Yankelevsky,D.Z., - 'Dynamic Analysis of an Elastic Plastic Multi-Segment Lining Buried in Soil', Engineering Structures, Vol. 29, issue 3, March 2007, pp. 317-328

11. Karinski,S., Shershnov,V.V., Yankelevsky,D.Z. - ' Analytical Solution of the Harmonic Wave Diffraction By a Cylindrical Lined Cavity in A Poroelastic Saturated Medium', Int. Journal for Num. and Analytical Methods in Geomech., Volume 31, Issue 5, Date: 25 April 2007, Pages: 667-689

12. Dancygier,A.N., Yankelevsky,D.Z., Jaegermann,C.H., 'Response of High Performance Concrete Plates to Impact of Non Deformable Projectiles', Int. Journal of Impact Engineering, Vol. 34, Issue 11, pp. 1768-1779, Nov. 2007

13. Feldgun,V.R., Kochetkov,A.V., Karinski,Y.S., Yankelevsky,D.Z., ' A Coupled Simulation of an Explosion Inside a Lined Cavity Surrounded by a Plastically Compressible Medium', Int. Jour. For Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 72, issue 10, pp. 1135-1156, Dec. 2007

14. Feldgun V.R, Kochetkov A.V., Karinski Y.S., Yankelevsky D.Z.,' Internal Blast Loading In a Buried Lined Tunnel', Int. Jour. For Impact Engineering, Volume 35, issue 3,  pp. 172-183, March 2008

15. Yankelevsky,D.Z., Jabareen, M., Abutbul, A.D., ' One Dimensional Analysis of Tension Stiffening In Reinforced Concrete With Discrete Cracks ', Engineering Structures,  Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 206-217, January 2008

16. Feldgun V.R., Kochetkov A.V., Karinski Y.S., Yankelevsky D.Z., ' Blast Response of a Lined Cavity in a Porous Saturated Soil', accepted for publication, Int. Jour. Of Impact Engineering, June 2007

17. Yagust,V., Yankelevsky, D.Z., 'On Progressive Failure of Large Panel Buildings', Accepted for publication,  ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, July 2007

18. Yankelevsky D.Z., Feldgun V.R., Karinski Y.S., Underground Explosion of Cylindrical Charge near a Buried Wall, Invited Paper, Special 25th anniversary Issue-silver jubilee, Int. Jour. of Impact Engineering, Vol. 35, issue 8, pp. 905-919, Aug. 2008

19. Karinski,Y.S., Feldgun,V.R., Yankelevsky,D.Z., 'Explosion Induced Dynamic Soil Structure Interaction Analysis with the Coupled Gudunov-Variational Difference Approach', Int. Jour. For Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol. 77, issue 6, pp. 824-851, Feb. 2009

21. Schwarz,S., Leibovitch,E. Yankelevsky,D.Z. 'Assessment of the Seismic Resistance and Safety of Existing Multistory Residential Buildings', accepted for publication, Structural Engineering International (SEI) - May 2009

22. Feldgun,V.R., Karinski,Y.S., Yankelevsky,D.Z., ' Solution of the Riemann problem for irreversibly compressible media ', accepted for publication IJNME June 2008

23. Karinski,Y.S., Feldgun,V.R., Yankelevsky,D.Z., 'The Effect of Soil Locking on the Cylindrical Shock Wave's Peak Pressure Attenuation', in press, ASCE, Journal of the Eng Mech Division-Feb October 2009

24. Karinski Y.S., Yankelevsky D.Z., Antes M.Y., 'The Effect of the Non-Symmetrical Surface Load on the Buried Opening with Stress Concentrators via Boundary Element Method' accepted for publication, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, March 2009


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