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Sensor system for detection of harmful environments for pipe organs

Objective

The organ belongs to the core of European culture reflecting its diverse histories, traditions and stylistic periods. The European heritage of the organ is preserved in more than 10 000 historical instruments. A major threat to this heritage is indoor harmful environments. Organic acids, also in combination with condensation phenomena, create pipe corrosion causing serious damages to the pipes. Harmful humidity conditions often create cracks in the wooden vital parts of the organ making the instrument unplayable.

The project, SENSORGAN, objectives are to make available new instrumentation for monitoring and detection of harmful environments for organs through development of sensors for real time measurement including:
(1) sensor for detection of organic acids,
(2) sensor for indication of risk of damage to wooden parts of organs,
(3) sensor for detection of dew formation inside organ pipes.

The developed sensors will also constitute a powerful tool for assessment when taking measures in order to improve harmful environments. The developed sensor system will be applied in the historical organ from 1611 in the Minor Basilica of St. Andrew the Apostle, Olkusz in Poland. The data collected from all the sensors will be analysed, microclimatic factors creating harmful environments will be studied, and conclusions will be drawn for publications, mitigative strategies and support to CEN Standardisation. The project objectives thereby address the objectives of the Priority 8.1 Policy-oriented research - Scientific suppor t to policies - SSP - FP6-2004-SSP-4, Call 4, B3.6, Task 4 through making available new instrumentation for monitoring crucial parameters deteriorating the organ heritage, to identify responses of organ heritage materials to indoor and outdoor environment al changes and to develop innovative mitigation strategies.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Address
Vasaparken
Goeteborg
Sweden

Participants (6)

BIRKBECK COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Malet Street
London
INSTYTUT KATALIZY I FIZYKOCHEMII POWIERZCHNI, POLSKA AKADEMIA NAUK
Poland
Address
Ul. Niezapominajek 8
Krakow
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma
MIEJSKI OSRODEK KULTURY W OLKUSZU
Poland
Address
Fr.nullo 29
Olkusz
FUNDACAO DE APOIO A UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
Address
Av. Afranio Peixoto 14
Sao Paulo
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
Address
Chalmersplatsen 4
Goeteborg