A salt weathering simulation using a mix of sodium chloride (5%) and magnesium sulphate (5%) in a salt corrosion cabinet and five granular limestones is described. Progressive surface loss from vertical exposed faces was mapped using a high resolution (sub-millimetre) object scanner (Konica Minolta Vi9i). Patterns of loss are related to surface porosity/permeability measurements obtained using a hand-held gas permeameter. Introduction of this spatial dimension into damage assessment is seen as essential for understanding the initial conditions that allow surface loss to be triggered, and changes in surface characteristics as weathering proceeds which dictate subsequent decay in space and time. Preliminary observations suggest that scanning at this high resolution is particularly valuable in quantifying very subtle trends and distortions that are pre-cursors to material loss, including surface swelling and pore filling.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
Smith, B., Gomez-Heras, M., Meneely, J., & Viles, H. (2008). High resolution monitoring of surface morphological change of building limestones in response to simulated salt weathering. In Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on Deterioration and Conservation of Stone (pp. 275)