Conservation and Restoration I


Conservation and Restoration

5 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 15,0 T + 60,0 PL + 3,0 OT

- Fernando Manuel Conceição Costa

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1. Develop the ability to observe the work of art, necessary to analyze and prepare diagnoses prior to the intervention;
2. Develop the capacity for graphic, photographic and bibliographic research, as well as complementary means of investigation to support the intervention;
3. Develop the ability to summarize the documentation created during the work through the preparation of a final report similar to the reports required by Decree-Law 140 of 2009;
4. Develop the technical skills necessary to work in the context of conservation and restoration work, applying the acquired knowledge in practice.

Theoretical Component

1. Natural degradation:
1.1. Chemical change of stone,
1.2. Physical alteration of the stone.
2. Degradation on site:
2.1. The action of biodegradation,
2.2. The effects of ice and soluble salts,
2.3. The effects of thermal variations.
3. Atmospheric pollution:
3.1. The effects of air pollution: Chemical effect.
4. Biodeterioration:
4.1. higher plants,
4.2. Fungi and Lichens,
4.3. algae,
4.4. Bacteria.
5. Forms of alteration and degradation:
5.1. Terminology,
5.2. Identification and characterization,
5.3. Examples.
6. Concepts:
6.1. Conservation,
6.2. Maintenance,
6.3. Repair,
6.4. Restoration,
6.5. Rehabilitation,
6.6. Reconstruction.
7. Intervention in stone materials:
7.1. sample collection,
7.2. Mineralogical-petrographic analysis,
7.3. Chemical analysis,
7.4. Biological analyses.
8. Cleaning of stone materials:
8.1. mechanical cleaning,
8.2. Cleaning with nebulized or atomized water,
8.3. Cleaning with an ultrasonic device,
8.4. Abrasive microblast cleaning,
8.5. Chemical cleaning,
8.6. Cleaning using special pastes and clays,
8.7. Cleaning using pastes or patches,
8.8. Cleaning using the LASER,
8.9. Disinfestation, higher plants, algae, mosses and lichens.
9. Consolidation:
9.1. Efficacy tests; harmfulness and durability,
9.2. Methods of applying consolidators.
10. Collages:
10.1. structural adhesives,
10.2. non-structural adhesives,
10.3. Reinforcement spikes.
11. Gap filling or microplastering:
11.1. Organic and inorganic binders,
11.2. aggregates,
11.3. The color.
12. Protection:
12.1. Features of water repellents,
12.2. Application techniques.

Practice Component

1. Application of the concepts learned in the Theoretical Component in the context of the work.
2. Creation of a technical report similar to the reports performed in conservation and restoration companies.

Evaluation Methodology
Completion of the Practice component with an achievement equal to or greater than ten values is mandatory in all evaluation periods.

Evaluation in frequency season.
Practical part (practical performance 20% + technical report 40%) and Theoretical part (Frequency 40%). The student is exempt from the exam whenever he/she completes each of the components with a grade equal to or greater than ten values.

Assessment in exam season or special season/student worker
Practical part (practical performance 20% + technical report 40%) and Theoretical part (Exam/Special/Student Worker 40%). The exam grade and the final average must be equal to or greater than ten values.

- Aires-Barros, L. (1991). Alteração e Alterabilidade das Rochas. Lisboa: Instituto Nacional de Investigação Científica; Centro de Petrologia e Geoquímica da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
- Aires-Barros, L. (2001). As Rochas dos Monumentos Portugueses: Tipologias e patologias. (Vol. I e II). Lisboa: Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico.
- Barberà, X. (2010). Conservación y Restauración de Materiales Pétreos: Diagnóstico y Tratamiento. València: Universitat Politecnica de València
- Barberà, X. (2001). Identificación y Caracterización de Materiales Pétreos en Patrimonio Histórico-Artístico. València: Universitat Politecnica de València

Method of interaction
Theoretical Lectures and laboratory classes where students are asked to run diagnostics, methodologies and also conservation and restoration interventions in real context.

Software used in class
Not applicable.