Conservation Mechanics

Dr Christina Young

This work continues a tradition in the Department of research into the physical properties of paintings on canvas and panels. The work brings together conservators and scientists from The Courtauld Institute of Art, Tate, Imperial College, and the National Gallery, London. The research aims are to gain a better understanding of the mechanical deterioration of easel paintings, the effects of environmental conditions and to characterise their physical behaviour.

John Hoyland Verge 1976
John Hoyland Verge 1976

 

Paint Fracture (detail)
 Paint Fracture (detail)

 

Biaxial Tensile Tester + ESPI
 Biaxial Tensile Tester + ESPI

 

Along side this work, research is carried out to assess and develop methods and materials used for the structural conservation treatments of paintings; this includes lining, tear mending and panel joining.


Gap Filling Adhesives
Gap Filling Adhesives

 

Tested Adhesives with Joints
Tested Adhesives with Joints

 

Best Mixture Used to Repair Panel Joint
Best Mixture Used to Repair Panel Joint

 

Among the techniques employed for this research are uniaxial and biaxial tensile testing, interferometry (ESPI), thermo-mechanical testing.

 

Modern Gesso Primers
Modern Gesso Primers

 

Cold Temp Testing equipment
Cold Temp Testing

 

diagram
 Stiffness of Gesso Primers

 


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