Progress in strain monitoring of tapestries

Lennard, F. , Eastop, D., Ye, C.C., Dulieu-Barton, J.M., Chambers, A.R. and Khennouf, D. (2008) Progress in strain monitoring of tapestries. In: ICOM-CC 2008: International Council of Museums Committee For Conservation: Diversity in Heritage Conservation. Tradition, Innovation and Participation, New Delhi, India, 22 - 26 Sept 2008, pp. 843-848.

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Abstract

This paper reports interdisciplinary research between conservators and engineers designed to enhance the long-term conservation of tapestries (tapestry-weave hangings) on longterm display. The aim is to monitor, measure and document the strain experienced by different areas of a tapestry while it is hanging on display. Initial research has established that damage can be identified in the early stages of its inception, i.e., before it is visible to the naked eye. The paper also reports initial results of strain data visualisation that allows curators and conservators to examine how strain develops, thereby facilitating predictions about the changes in the form or condition of the tapestry. Strain data visualisation also allows the strain process to be recorded, thereby facilitating the effective documentation of display methods and conservation interventions. The paper reports the use of point measurements (using silica optical fibre sensors) and full-field monitoring (using 3-D photogrammetry with digital image correlation (DIC)).

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lennard, Professor Frances
Authors: Lennard, F., Eastop, D., Ye, C.C., Dulieu-Barton, J.M., Chambers, A.R., and Khennouf, D.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art

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