A project of the Managing Collection Environments Initiative

Mechanical Characterization of Materials is undertaking laboratory research together with in-situ testing to more precisely identify the conditions under which irreversible damage occurs in cultural heritage materials as a result of climatic agents of deterioration. Better understanding of these conditions can help collections care professionals determine whether permanent damage occurs in susceptible materials exposed to the broader acceptable climatic ranges currently under consideration by the conservation field and to understand the rate and degree of fluctuation these materials can withstand. Read More

Mechanical Properties of
Paints Research

Micro- and nano-indentation techniques for characterization of paint samples

Acoustic Emission Testing on
Wooden Materials

Exploring correlation between damage and specific environmental conditions

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