The objective is the development of a non-destructive assessment methodology based on radar-aided technique, suitable for on-site microstructural investigation of lithoid monuments, respecting the integrity of the investigated objectives.
- Study of the environmental risk parameters affecting the microstructures of lithoids monuments; it will include the examination of chemical and chemical-physical factors, as well as the human pressure.
- Study of a new radar-aided, computerized methodology; positioning devices, multiple travel-time geometry, high frequency antennas (transmitter-receiver) and so on will be studied.
- Study of the correlations among the irregularities of the investigated medium and the anomalies in the radar plots; physical models will be prepared, simulating constructive unconformities and alternative unconformities caused by ageing and decay (as plaster detachments, voids or lacks, water infiltrations, etc).
- On-site tests, performed on several monuments representing various situations of environmental decay or risk; comparisons with data collected with the current methodologies; correlations with the laboratory results.
- Definition of an assessment methodology. The advanced know-how expected as a result of the research will strongly increase the operating capability of the European companies in conservation activities or archaeological researches and, more generally, GPR techniques regarding for instance the non-destructive assessment of non-conductive materials like engineering plastic, polymeric composites, concrete, etc.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts