Assessing the feasibility of monitoring the condition of historic tapestries using engineering techniques

Dulieu-Barton J. M., ŞAHİN M., Lennard F. L., Eastop D. D., Chambers A. R.

7th International Conference on Damage Assessment of Structures (DAMAS 2007), Turin, Italy, 25 - 27 June 2007, vol.347, pp.187-188 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 347
  • Doi Number: 10.4028/
  • City: Turin
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-188
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The findings of a year-long programme carried out by a multidisciplinary engineering/conservation team are described. A mass-produced textile material that can be used to represent tapestries is identified and mechanical tests are detailed which demonstrate it behaves in a similar way to tapestry. The feasibility of using optical fibre sensors, full-field optical strain measurement techniques and thermography for monitoring tapestry degradation is assessed. The results of preliminary findings are presented and a rationale is developed for in-situ quantitative strain monitoring of tapestries.