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The Formation of Microenvironments in Polyester Enclosures

Garside, Paul; Walker, Olivia; (2015) The Formation of Microenvironments in Polyester Enclosures. Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies , 13 (1) 10.5334/jcms.1021223. Green open access

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Inert polyester sheets, such as Melinex and Mylar, are widely used in conservation to create envelope-like enclosures for storing and protecting flat objects (paper, parchment, papyrus, etc.). These materials are known to be chemically stable and present no direct risks to the enclosed items; however, as the films have a low permeability, such enclosures may lead to the creation of internal microenvironments. This will both limit the response to external changes and potentially trap any internally generated volatiles with the object. The likelihood of different forms of enclosures doing so is investigated in this paper. The resulting data will help to inform decisions about choices of construction of enclosures for particular objects, environments and purposes.

Type: Article
Title: The Formation of Microenvironments in Polyester Enclosures
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5334/jcms.1021223
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.5334/jcms.1021223
Language: English
Additional information: CC BY 3.0 License
Keywords: Paper Conservation; Melinex; Paper Deterioration; Environmental Response; Microenvironments
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470231
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