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Forensic Science Communications January 2006 – Volume 8 – Number 1
Standards and Guidelines

Glass Fractures

Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT)

July 2004, Correction


Some of the bibliographic entries in the SWGMAT guidelines published in the January 2005 issue of Forensic Science Communications contained errors. The following represents the corrected version of the bibliography, which also has been corrected in the journal's January 2005 issue (see Authors who have cited these works based on the previously published bibliography should ensure that they now use the correct citations. The editors apologize for the errors.


Locke, J. and Unikowski, J. A. Breaking of flat glass. Part 1: Size and distribution of particles from plain glass windows, Forensic Science International (1991) 51:251–262.

Locke, J. and Unikowski, J. A. Breaking of flat glass. Part 2: Effect of pane parameters on particle distribution, Forensic Science International (1992) 56:95–106.

Locke, J. and Scranage, J. K. Breaking of flat glass. Part 3: Surface particles from windows, Forensic Science International (1992) 57:73–80.

Luce, R. J., Buckle, J. L., and McInnis, I. A study on the backward fragmentation of window glass and the transfer of glass fragments to individual's clothing, Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal (1991) 24(2):79–89.

McJunkins, S. P. and Thornton, J. I. Glass fracture analysis: A review, Forensic Science (1973) 2(1):1–27.

Michalske, T. A. and Bunker, B. C. The fracturing of glass, Scientific American (1987) 12:122–129.

Pounds, C. A. and Smalldon, K. W. The distribution of glass fragments in front of a broken window and the transfer of fragments to individuals standing nearby, Journal of the Forensic Science Society (1978) 18:197–203.

Rhodes, E. F. and Thornton, J. I. The interpretation of impact fractures in glassy polymers, Journal of Forensic Sciences (1975) 20:274–282.

Springer, E. and Zeichner, A. The breaking of tempered glass vehicle windows using broken spark plug insulators, Journal of Forensic Sciences (1986) 31:691–694.

Thornton, J. I. and Cashman, P. J. Glass fracture mechanism: A rethinking, Journal of Forensic Sciences (1986) 31:818–824.

Thornton, J. I. and Cashman, P. J. Reconstruction of fractured glass by laser beam interferometry, Journal of Forensic Sciences (1979) 24:101–108.

Varshneya, A. K. Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses, Academic, San Diego, California, 1994.