Material Testing

Material testing involves application trials, defect detection and evaluation in order to determine the suitability of a material for it’s designed use. Analysis allows the designer to verify material characteristics; including tensile strength, bending, compression, aging and chemical composition. Materials are often tested under extreme conditions in order to reveal the potential problems that may occur through its use.

Contributor: Sarah Heimeier, 2013
KEEN HARVEST

Keen’s Harvest wallet and bags are made out of pre-consumer automobile side airbags. This case study demonstrates how we can reutilise materials into new scenarios through the reconceptualisation of how the material previously performed and realising the potential in it's material properties for performing other operations beyond it's primary purpose.

Contributor: Sarah Heimeier, 2013
HOLDEN CASE

The Holden VF Commodore underwent material testing in order to find a newer, more environmentally friendly material for the car bonnet & boot lid. It was decided that aluminium was equally as strong as steel and 30% lighter resulting in weight and fuel savings. Despite this "innovation" little thought was given to the higher embodied energy required to produce aluminium which cancelled out the perceived benefits of its used. This case study depicts the misuse of the material testing method as it did not fulfil the projects intention of designing a more environmentally sustainable car.

Contributor: Sarah Heimeier, 2013