The angular patterns used in Jonathan Simkhai’s ready-to-wear Spring Summer 2015 collection are inspired by fragments of shattered glass. An entire field of research called “fracture mechanics” explores the propagation of cracks in materials. By performing controlled impact studies of projectiles at plates of glass, researchers have determined that the number of radial cracks around the impact point can be predicted from projectile speed and plate thickness. In forensic science, the application of fracture mechanics can be used to determine the trajectory and velocity of bullets by analyzing the cracks formed in windshields or glass after the projectile impacts with the surface.
This type of research is also done to test the strength of advanced materials. In the GIF above, filmed at GE’s Global Research Center, a glass jar shatters under 5,000 lbs. of force. Advanced materials, like the ceramics that go into GE jet engines, have to pass this rigorous test. While everyday objects shatter, these advanced materials are designed to take the pressure.
- Chris Ing, freshphotons.com | #iOnFashion, NYFW 2014