British Fascial Symposium 2018

British Fascial Symposium 2018

Wk 18 - Blog 18b - A Bridge Made of Fabric

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Fri, May 04, 2018 16:15:59

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #18b - onsdag den 2 maj 2018
“A Bridge Made of Fabric”
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

Fascia has been discarded for more than a century. A few professions have known the importance of this structure. In 2007, the First Fascial Congress convened in order to encourage others to consider the relevance of Fascia. The Fascia Research Society was created to help bridge the divide and bridge professions.

A structure is made from parts. Where do the component materials come from?

Like the Roman engineer, military soldier, and author Vitruvius advised: It is wise to look at nature, if one wants to understand design, protection, or attack (see blog 12).

The research team at the College of Natural Sciences at University of Massachusetts Amherst has done this in spades. Al Crosby’s interest in adhesion and wrinkling combined with Duncan Irschick’s interest in ecology of animal athletics, and talented doctoral students helped in the development of GeckSkin.

GeckSkin is a highly scientific fabric based off of the anatomical properties of the gecko. The small size of the gecko should not disqualify him for the Olympics. This tiny animal can hang onto a surface with incredible force. Equally, he can detach himself with ease. The force “would be similar to a person hanging off a cliff with an elephant hanging on them”, says Professor Duncan Irschick.

So in closing this Blog “Fascia is a Fabric” the term “Area Over the Compliance” described below by Professor Crosby is “Totally NEW”. Fascia has tremendous force like a gecko’s grip. Yet, the system can be stiff or moveable at any time.

Fascia is NOT totally new. Let us get down to the keys to find what lives on Fascia.

Thank you for reading,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden.

Geckskin Does Some Heavy Lifting!
UMass - Published on Jun 19, 2012
For years, biologist have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which allow these 5-ounce lizards to produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at UMass Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent Geckskin, a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall.

Think like GeckSkin - Professor Alfred J. Crosby
TEDx Talks - Published on Jun 15, 2014
@9:24 - Term “Area Over the Compliance”
“Area makes sense. The more area you bring into contact, the more force you can achieve. What doesn’t make sense, and it did not make sense to us at the time when we first discovered this… is it says it must become more stiff. Okay. So the more you want to hold the more stiff your system has to become. And this is Totally New.”
@10:05 “So the big lessons: 1) making contact and 2) become increasingly stiff.”@ 10:44 “And what came into my mind is, this is something we experience every day. And this material is something we already know of, it is called Fabric.”
@11:04 “What fabric allows you to do, is it allows you to conform….. to any complex topography. Whether it is conforming to a table, our body, or conforming to the roughness of any surface.”
@11:36 “Fabric allows you to conform, but when I pull on fabric it is also stiff.”