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Jasmine Brenner: Microclimate Vitrines: Development, Function and Commonly Discussed Problems Zurück
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Schematic of a microclimate vitrine construction at the KMSKA
Zusammenfassung: This Bachelor-Thesis discusses microclimate vitrines, which are used to preserve
humidity-sensitive objects. The topic was chosen during my internship at the Royal
Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where microclimate vitrines are routinely constructed.
Questions will be answered regarding their relevance in the conservation of objects, their
development over the past century, their function and lastly, how effective they prove to
be. The information was gathered mainly through literary research and my own
experiences. Early contributions of this field are referenced, as they still have relevance to
this day. Through extensive research carried out by experts in this field, it was possible to
design and construct microclimate systems. They prove to be one of the safest ways to
preserve fragile objects, even with some issues involved. These issues will be addressed
in this bachelor’s thesis. The topic around the microclimate showcase proves to be
complex due to physical-chemical calculations, some of which are applied in this area.
The contents of this Bachelor-Thesis, however, are not going to focus on complicated
calculations, but rather give a general understanding of this field and demonstrate the now
simple way of constructing microclimate vitrines for artwork preservation.

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Illustration of a fully sealed microclimate vitrine
Inhalt: Abstract ..................................... 1
Introduction.......................................... 2
1. The Relevance of Showcases..............................................4
1.1. The Behavior of Hygroscopic Materials with a Changing Environment ............................. 4
1.2. Relative Humidity and Temperature.......................................... 9
2. The Development of Microclimate-Vitrines..............................................10
2.1. Historical Reasons for the Development of Preventive Conservation.............................. 10
2.2. Different Types of Showcases.............................................12
2.3. The Development of Showcase Design...............15
3. The Function of Showcases and Microclimate Vitrines..............................................21
3.1. Behavior of Relative Humidity within Showcases...21
3.2. The Use of Buffering Material Inside Showcases.. 25
3.3. Function of Microclimate Vitrines..............................................27
3.4. Microclimate Vitrine Design at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp ....................... ............28
4. Occurring Problems with Microclimate Vitrines......32
Evaluation........................................... 34
Conclusion........................................... 36
Bibliographie........................................ 38
Figures.............................................. 44
Tables............................................... 44
Glossary............................................. 46

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weitere Angaben:
  • Hochschule: HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/ Holzminden/Göttingen
  • Art der Arbeit:  Bachelorarbeit
  • Erstprüfer/in:  Prof. Dr. Michael von der Goltz
  • Zweitprüfer/in:  Dipl. Rest. Gwen Borms
  • Abgabedatum:  2023
  • Sprache:  Englisch
  • Seitenzahl:  46
  • Abbildungen:  17
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