Academic thesis

Nils Mainusch: Compilation of a collection of documents on the qualitative analysis of corruptive salts in buildings for conservation specialists. Back
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Abstract: Specific salts are generally assumed to be one of the main reasons for the decay of monuments due to their deteriorating activity. Whenever buildings, wall paintings or sculptures made of stone suffer salt contamination, various tasks have to be tackled by restorers and conservators. First of all an orientating examination of the contamination will have to be carried out.
Subject of this diploma study is the description of methods for the qualitative analysis of salts. Uncomplicated tests and simple examinations by means of the polarizing microscope can be combined in order to enable restorers and conservators to carry out the analysis by themselves, within certain bounds.
The first part of the diploma contains a thorough and functional description of approaches and analyzing techniques. With the help of case studies the practicability of the entire method is explained. In order to utilize efficiently the information that has been obtained during the different examinations a data base can be used which was designed as part of the diploma.
Part two of the diploma is a compilation. Information about the weathering action of selected salts as well as important chemical and physical properties that permit their identification are compiled in seven dossiers. Each of them includes a photographic atlas that demonstrate the salts visual characteristics.


  • academic institution: HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/ Holzminden/Göttingen
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dr. Ivo Hammer
  • assistant Tutor:  Dr. Hans-Jürgen Schwarz
  • date:  2001
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  150
  • pictures:  91
Nils Mainusch
Kniestr. 21a
30167  Hannover
nimainusch@[Diesen Teil loeschen]


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