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Laser Cleaning of Corroded Steel Surfaces: A Comparison with Mechanical Cleaning Methods

  • Y. S. Koh
  • J. Powell
  • A. Kaplan
  • J. Carlevi
Part of the Springer proceedings in physics book series (SPPHY, volume 116)

Conservation often requires the removal of oxide layers from metal artifacts and new cleaning methods are being developed all the time. This paper provides a quantitative comparison of eight cleaning methods, three of which are mechanical (brushing or micro-blasting with Al2O3 or glass beads) and five of which are laser dependent (TEA CO2 or Nd:YAG laser, with or without surface water). Surface profilometry and scanning electron microscopy have been used to compare the cleaned surfaces with the original, known, surface geometries.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. S. Koh
    • 1
  • J. Powell
    • 2
  • A. Kaplan
    • 2
  • J. Carlevi
    • 2
  1. 1.Kiruna Center for Conservation of Cultural PropertyKirunaSweden
  2. 2.Luleå University of TechnologySweden

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