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Assessing the feasibility of monitoring the condition of historic tapestries using engineering techniques

Dulieu-Barton, J. M.
Şahin, Melin
Lennard, F. L.
Eastop, D. D.
Chambers, A. R.
The findings of a year-long programme carried out by a multidisciplinary engineering/conservation team are described. A mass-produced textile material that can be used to represent tapestries is identified and mechanical tests are detailed which demonstrate it behaves in a similar way to tapestry. The feasibility of using optical fibre sensors, full-field optical strain measurement techniques and thermography for monitoring tapestry degradation is assessed. The results of preliminary findings are presented and a rationale is developed for in-situ quantitative strain monitoring of tapestries.