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Detection of moisture in stonework and the effectiveness of conservation methods in historic structures

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Infrared thermography has been used to monitor various porous materials in the laboratory during capillary rise tests, with the intention of evaluating non-destructively the presence of moisture. Supplementary techniques for investigating the porous materials in terms of their microstructure (mercury intrusion porosimetry) and isothermic behaviour (water sorption) were also used. Also, outdoor thermographic surveys were performed on historic structures in order to assess conservation treatments such as stones' consolidation. Finally, the emissivity values of the investigated materials were considered, as determined in the laboratory on collected samples.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: IRT & Materials Consultancy, Agia Triada Ano Volos, Volos 38500, Greece and University of Bath, Materials Research Centre, Bath BA2 7AY, United Kingdom 2: National Technical University of Athens, School of Chemical Engineering, Section of Materials Science & Engineering, Zografou, 15780 Athens, Greece

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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