Strain monitoring of tapestries: results of a three-year research project

Lennard, F. , Eastop, D., Dulieu-Barton, J., Chambers, A., Khennouf, D., Ye, C.-C. and Williams, H. (2012) Strain monitoring of tapestries: results of a three-year research project. In: ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 19-23 Sep 2011, pp. 1-8.

Lennard, F. , Eastop, D., Dulieu-Barton, J., Chambers, A., Khennouf, D., Ye, C.-C. and Williams, H. (2012) Strain monitoring of tapestries: results of a three-year research project. In: ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 19-23 Sep 2011, pp. 1-8.

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Abstract

The outcomes of an interdisciplinary research project between conservators and engineers investigating the strain experienced by different areas of a tapestry are described. Two techniques were used: full-field monitoring using digital image correlation (DIC) and point measurements using optical fibre sensors. Results showed that it is possible to quantify the global strain across a discrete area of a tapestry using DIC; optical fibre and other sensors were used to validate the DIC. Strain maps created by the DIC depict areas of high and low strain and can be overlaid on images of the tapestry, creating a useful visual tool for conservators, custodians and the general public. DIC identifies areas of high strain not obvious to the naked eye. The equipment can be used in situ in a historic house. In addition the work demonstrated the close relationship between relative humidity and strain.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Textile conservation, tapestry, condition monitoring, engineering, strain, digital image correlation (DIC), optical fibre sensor
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lennard, Professor Frances and Eastop, Dr Dinah
Authors: Lennard, F., Eastop, D., Dulieu-Barton, J., Chambers, A., Khennouf, D., Ye, C.-C., and Williams, H.
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art

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