Deformation and strain measurement techniques for the inspection of damage in works of art

Dulieu-Barton, J.M., Dokos, L., Eastop, D., Lennard, F. , Chambers, A.R. and Sahin, M. (2005) Deformation and strain measurement techniques for the inspection of damage in works of art. Reviews in Conservation, 6, pp. 63-73.

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Abstract

The engineering techniques used for inspecting structural damage are not widely known in the conservation sector. Techniques are available based on deformation or strain measurement that have the ability to provide quantitative data. This paper reviews currently available techniques, covering point-strain measurements using resistance strain gauges and fibre-optic sensors, as well as full-field optical measurement approaches such as holography, electronic speckle pattern interferometry, photoelastic stress analysis and photogrammetry. The underlying technology of each of the techniques is described for the non-specialist. The relevance of each technique is established from a conservation perspective through accounts of usage. The application of the techniques to a wide range of artwork, including panel paintings, statues, murals and mosaics is described and the results critically reviewed. The paper also provides an insight into possible future applications of the techniques and identifies areas for further investigation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lennard, Professor Frances and Eastop, Dr Dinah
Authors: Dulieu-Barton, J.M., Dokos, L., Eastop, D., Lennard, F., Chambers, A.R., and Sahin, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
Journal Name:Reviews in Conservation
Publisher:International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

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