The cementation of coarse dust to indoor surfaces

Brimblecombe, P, Thickett, D and Yoon, YH (2009) The cementation of coarse dust to indoor surfaces. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 10 (3). pp. 410-414. ISSN 1778-3674

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Dust accumulation is an important management and conservation problem in historic houses. Laboratory and field observations show that high relative humidity enhances the cementation of particles to underlying surfaces. The hygroscopic nature of particles or the fibres to which they adhere influences this cementation process. The cements, which can form in a matter of hours at high humidity, appear to be microcrystalline calcites. Reducing the impact of this process on heritage objects requires preventing dust deposits, especially in periods of high humidity.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
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Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 15:31
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 04:46
DOI: 10.1016/j.culher.2008.12.003

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