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Laboratory and in situ consolidation testing on marble

  • In situ consolidation testing on west pediment marble sculptures and laboratory testing on marble samples from column capitals was conducted due to severe erosion.
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    Marble Consolidation Testing

  • In situ consolidation testing on west pediment marble sculptures
  • Laboratory testing on marble samples from column capitals
  • ICR researched potential consolidation treatments to stabilize the weakened marble surfaces, increase soundness and improve resistance to acid rain, without sacrificing the original color, texture, or sheen of the original material. The testing program involved conducting an in situ testing program of the potential consolidation treatments on the pediment sculptures and assessing the consolidation by water absorption with RILEM tubes and adhesion tape tests. Laboratory tests included consolidation treatment followed by water drop absorption tests and point loading tests for strength evaluation.