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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 82, Issue 3, pp 627–636 | Cite as

Thermal analysis of model and historic tapestries

  • M. Odlyha
  • Q. Wang
  • G. M. Foster
  • J. de Groot
  • M. Horton
  • L. Bozec
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Summary

Dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry (TG) have been used to characterise model tapestries, especially woven for the EC-funded project (MODHT) and to historic tapestries in royal palaces and museums. Modulus values of woollen threads from model tapestries are reported and the effects of traditional dyeing and mordanting processes quantified. TG, particularly of black woollen threads showed alterations in thermal stability. Tests of creep on immersion in water and subsequent heating to 90°C and on exposure to a controlled relative humidity programme were also used to rank these effects. Modulus values of historic woollen samples were also obtained and DSC studies of model and historic silk samples are reported together with preliminary atomic force microscopy (AFM) images of silk fibres.

TG DSC silk damage wool atomic force microscopy dynamic mechanical thermal analysis tapestry 

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© Springer-Verlag/Akadémiai Kiadó 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Odlyha
    • 1
  • Q. Wang
    • 2
  • G. M. Foster
    • 3
  • J. de Groot
    • 4
  • M. Horton
    • 5
  • L. Bozec
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London
  2. 2.School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London
  3. 3.X-AT Engineering, University of Exeter
  4. 4.School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London
  5. 5.Bone and Mineral Centre, Dept. of Medicine, University College London
  6. 6.Bone and Mineral Centre, Dept. of Medicine, University College London

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