The Glass Project

Hi, we are a group of Forensic Science students, inviting you to take part in a scientific study into glass retention upon clothing. Thanks!

Hello! 

We are a small group of third year Forensic Science Students at Teesside University, hoping to publish a journal article into the forensic implications of washing upon the retention of glass on clothing.

First some basics! If a window was broken during the commission of a crime, a proportion of the glass will travel back towards the direction of the breaking force - THIS IS BACKWARD FRAGMENTATION! This means that the person committing the crime will (potentially) have glass upon them, which can then link them to the crime scene.

Our experiment focuses on what happens to this glass if the assailent washes his/her clothing after committing the crime. We aim to recreate a scenario where an assailent breaks a window and then washes their clothing, this is where we need you! The funding you provide will be used to carry out this vital new forensic research.

We aim to answer the following questions:

  • How much glass is transferred when a window is broken?
  • Is this glass lost through washing?
  • How much glass is retained after washing?

Should you decide to help fund our project and we get published, we will happily send you a copy of the published paper if you wish to leave your e-mail address when you donate!

Thank you for your support!