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Predicting environmental conditions to minimise salt damage at the Tower of London: a comparison of two approaches

Price, CA; (2007) Predicting environmental conditions to minimise salt damage at the Tower of London: a comparison of two approaches. ENVIRON GEOL , 52 (2) 277 - 282. 10.1007/s00254-006-0477-9.

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Abstract

The paper compares the results of two studies of salt damage at the Wakefield Tower, Tower of London. The first, in 1993, was based on semi-quantitative salt analysis and hygroscopicity measurements. The second was based on quantitative analysis and a thermodynamic model, ECOS. Both studies aimed to predict environmental conditions that would minimise salt damage to the interior stonework. Their predictions are markedly different, and this paper examines the reasons for the differences. It is shown that hygroscopicity alone is not a reliable indicator of crystallisation from mixed salt solutions.

Type: Article
Title: Predicting environmental conditions to minimise salt damage at the Tower of London: a comparison of two approaches
DOI: 10.1007/s00254-006-0477-9
Keywords: stone, conservation, salt, environmental control, hygroscopicity
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/75591
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