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ASSESSMENT OF DESALINATION MORTARS AND POULTICES FOR HISTORIC MASONRY

Objective

European cultural heritage is often damaged by salt related damaging processes. There appears to be an increasing risk of salt damage to our monuments, due to climate changes and possibly resulting floods. According to recent research, in some situations, desalination may be the only possible conservation technique. For buildings, desalination still constitutes a major problem as the bath-method can not be used. The use of desalination mortar/poultices seems to be the most promising conservation technique for immovable objects. However, the performance and especially the effectiveness of different desalination systems is not clear, which hinders the choice of an appropriate mortar/poultice.

The research project DESALINATION will result in a clear guideline how to choose an adequate desalination system. This is of great importance to the European decision makers and will incorporated in a knowledge based decision tool.

A second major result will be better knowledge of moisture and salt transport from the historic material to the desalination product. This knowledge will give raise to a recommendation for a test to assess the effectiveness of desalination products. The better understanding of the transport process may be used in product development and increases the competitiveness of European SMEs, and may have a much broader spin-off in all kind of salt related problems.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA IUAV

Address

Tolentini - S. Croce 191
Venice

Italy

Participants (9)

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NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Netherlands

CERCLE DES PARTENAIRES DU PATRIMOINE

France

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

FACHHOCHSCHULE KOELN

Germany

REMMERS BOUWCHEMIE B.V.

Netherlands

RIJKSGEBOUWENDIENST

Netherlands

ENTREPRISE QUELIN

France

ERIC PALLOT

France

J. PAUL GETTY TRUST

United States

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 22714

  • Start date

    1 April 2006

  • End date

    31 December 2009

Funded under:

FP6-POLICIES

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 130 000

  • EU contribution

    € 850 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA IUAV

Italy