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Subject: Call for papers--Mortar petrography and mineralogy

Call for papers--Mortar petrography and mineralogy

From: John Hughes <hugh-ce0>
Date: Friday, December 8, 2000
The Petrography and Mineralogy of Historic Mortars
International Workshop
At Charlestown Workshops,
Charlestown, Fife, Scotland
One and a half days from lunchtime 19th to the evening of 20th
April 2001.

Scottish Lime Centre Trust and
The Advanced Concrete and Masonry Centre, University of Paisley
with sponsorship from and publication of proceedings by Historic

The initial deadline for receipt of abstracts has been extended to
the 22nd January 2001.

Recent progress in petrographic analysis backed by complementary
techniques of mineralogic analysis such as DTA, TGA, XRD and IRS has
revealed the compositional complexity of historic mortars. This
detailed approach brings to light much more information than was
previously available through bulk chemical analysis.

The relative uniformity of modern replacement mortars raises doubts
about our ability to produce compatible replacements using current
production and preparation methods. Petrographic studies, using
optical microscopy and SEM, promises the elucidation of detailed
aspects such as mortar production and weathering related to
durability. In addition, recent debates about the identification of
hydraulic components of historic binders are fuelled by the evidence
coming from petrographic and mineralogic characterisation.

Aims of the workshop: This event aims to bring together researchers
who specialise in the petrographic and mineralogic analysis of
masonry mortars found in, or applied to the repair of, historic
buildings.  It is intended to focus on the techniques used and
results of recent analysis of mortars. The details of mortar
composition and how they are characterised is the detailed aim of
the workshop.  Discussion will be important, and facilities will be
made available for interactive examination of materials, which
participants are encouraged to bring with them.  Numbers of
participants are strictly limited to 40 and the maximum number of
presentations will be approximately 20.

Contributions are sought on the following themes:

    *   Sample preparation.
    *   Optical transmitted and reflective light microscopy.
    *   Electron microscopy.
    *   Mineralogical determination using established and novel
        instrumental techniques.
    *   Other relevant themes are welcome!

Submission of abstracts: Abstracts in English are invited, occupying
1 side of A4  in 12 point Times Roman and with no illustrations.
Abstracts, in Microsoft Word format for PC, should be submitted by
email to the addresses given below or supplied on disk.

Proceedings: The Proceedings will be published by Historic Scotland
after the event, as part of their internationally recognised
technical advice, research report and conference proceedings series
of publications. Instructions for the completion of full papers will
be distributed with advice on the acceptance of abstracts in
January. All authors submitting abstracts and expecting to present
at the workshop will be required to submit a full paper for
publication prior to the conference. Unedited pre-prints of the
papers will be distributed to all participants at the workshop. It
is hoped that final publication will include colour images.

Organisers Contacts and Registration: Please contact us at the
addresses below for registration and further information on the
completion of submissions.  A registration fee of 50 UK pounds will
cover attendance at the workshop (with food, refreshments etc.)
pre-prints of papers and a copy of the proceedings after the event.
Information on location, accommodation and travel options will be
distributed with acceptance of papers.  Responsibility for arranging
travel and accommodation is entirely that of individual attendees.

    Dr. Alick B. Leslie
    Scottish Lime Centre Trust
    The Schoolhouse
    Rocks Road
    Fife KY11 3EN
    +44 1383 872 722
    Fax: +44 1383 872 744
    al [at] scotlime__org

    Dr. John J. Hughes
    Advanced Concrete and Masonry Centre
    University of Paisley
    High Street
    Paisley  PA1 2BE
    +44 141 848 3268
    Fax: +44 141 848 3275 [at] paisley__ac__uk

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:33
                 Distributed: Monday, December 18, 2000
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Received on Friday, 8 December, 2000

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