Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS


EFESTUS Streszczenie raportu

Project ID: ICA3-CT-2002-10030
Źródło dofinansowania: FP5-INCO 2
Kraj: Spain

Production of a control station prototype for environmental monitoring of museum show-cases and deposits

As part of the programmed tasks in the framework of the EFESTUS program regarding the identification of the chemical and physical degradation mechanism of the archaeological artefacts, it arose the need to analyse the effect of the atmospheric environmental conditions found in Museums and storage facilities, where such artefacts were going to be exhibited or kept, presumably for a long time.

In order to provide a set of data that is both locally meaningful and analytically representative, and to obtain significant information about the atmospheric conditions and their effect on the metallic materials of chose, the Atmospheric Environment Control Stations (AECS, or CS) were developed.

Their final objective is to identify the environmental elements responsible for the corrosion processes going on in very specific locations, so allowing preventive measures to be taken accordingly.

Each control station is composed by the following elements:
- One set of metallic reference probes (10mm diameter disks) in a sample panel, to be exposed to the atmosphere. The amount of probes will depend on how many different materials are to be tested and how many exposition periods are programmed.
- One High Sensitivity Atmospheric Corrosion Probe
- One digital data logger that measures and registers environmental temperature and humidity
- Passive Samplers to gather information about the solid particles in suspension in the atmosphere and the concentration of various gaseous contaminants of choice (SO2, NO2, Organic Acids&).

All of them assembled in a methacrylate frame.

As a whole, the CS is adaptable and relatively inconspicuous, so it can be set anywhere, including the interior of museum's exhibition cases, with a minimal disruption of the visual arrangement of the exhibit.

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Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas (CENIM-CSIC)
Av. Gregorio del Amo #8
28040 Madrid
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