MOISTURE BENEATH THE SURFACE: EFFECTS OF THE EXTERIOR ENVIRONMENT ON POROUS MATERIALS (ABSTRACT)
Robyn PenderThe Courtauld Institute, Conservation of Wall Paintings Department, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, United Kingdom
This paper will discuss the damage phenomena associated with the sorption of atmospheric moisture within the porous supports of wall paintings. A series of experiments is being undertaken with the aim of characterising the effect of the environmental parameters of air movement, temperature, and relative humidity on supports of differing porosities and surface characteristics. The aim of the study is to provide a methodology for future investigations, with the intent of relating those parameters amenable to environmental monitoring with the actual behavior of in situ wall paintings.
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