Progress in strain monitoring of tapestries

Lennard, F.J., Eastop, D.D., 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 Sep 2008. New Dehli, India, ICOM, 843-848.


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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 or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISSNs: 1013-9826 (print)
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 68650
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
7 July 2008Published
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:54
Towards in-situ monitoring of tapestry degradation using strain-based engineering techniques
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/D001404/1)
Led by: Frances Lennard
1 January 2007 to 30 August 2010

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