Non-destructive testing of the damp walls of the basements in a gothic monastery

Hola, Anna; Wroclaw University of Science and Technology; Poland

Hola, A.; Wrocław University of Science and Technology; Poland

ID: ECNDT-0291-2018
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Session: Art and Cultural Heritage
Room: R2
Date: 2018-06-12
Time: 16:20 - 16:40

The paper presents the results of tests that show the moisture status of the masonry walls in the basements of a well-known monastery that was erected in Europe at the beginning of the 14th century in the north of Poland. Due to the limited ability to intervene in the structure of the historic walls, the tests were mainly carried out using the dielectric and microwave non-destructive methods. The correlative dependence between the dimensionless indications of the apparatus used in the tests and the mass moisture content of the walls, which was determined using the gravimetric method, was specified for the purpose of evaluation. These dependencies, both for the dielectric method and the microwave method, may be used in the future for the evaluation of other objects erected in a similar period. The conducted moisture content tests were used to determine the causes of moisture and also the scope of repair and maintenance works that aim to restore the utility function of the basements.