Conservation and Restoration
4.5 ECTS; 1º Ano, 1º Semestre, 30,0 T + 30,0 TP + 2,0 OT
- Identify rocks and minerals with common occurrence.
- Understand the degradation relationship between mineral, rock, sediment and clay.
- Know the production of binders (gypsum and lime) and mortars.
- Know the general properties and expectable behaviour of the mortars (plaster and lime).
1. Materials and matter
1.1. Material groups: natural and artificial, organic and inorganic, non-metallic, metallic and energetic, and composites
1.2. Process, input and output
1.3. Natural resource. Raw material.
1.4. States of matter
1.4.1. State changes: temperature and pressure
1.4.2. Physical and chemical structure of the states of matter
1.5. Energy of the states and principle of minimum energy
2. Stone materials, sediments and minerals
2.1. Igneous rocks: granite and basalt
2.1.1. Magmatism and volcanism
2.2. Sedimentary rocks: limestone and gypsum
2.2.1. Weathering, erosion, transport, deposition and diagenesis
2.3 Metamorphic rocks: shale and marble
2.4. Sediments: sand, silt and clay
2.5. Minerals: silica, feldspar, calcite, gypsite and clay minerals
2.5.1. Types: oxides, hydroxides, sulphates and carbonates. Silicates and aluminosilicates
2.6. Alteration and alterability
2.6.1. The lithosphere interaction with atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere
2.6.2. Relationship between rock, mineral, sediment and clay
3. Binder materials and mortars
3.1 Classic binders: gypsum, lime, lime with hydraulic properties and cement
3.1.1. Types: air and hydraulic
3.2. Classic mortars: simple and bastard
3.2.1. Main function and application
3.3. Traditional production of binders
3.3.1. Raw materials
3.4. Traditional production of mortars
3.4.1. Composition and formulation
3.4.4. Curing and ageing
3.5. Pozzolans and pozzolanic materials
3.5.1. Types: natural and syntectic
3.6. Modern binders and mortars
3.6.1. Geopolymers based on calcined kaolin
3.7. Structure and general properties of the mortars
3.7.1. Solid and liquid state
3.7.2. Fresh and hardened state
3.7.3. Setting time
3.7.4. Shrinkage and cracking
3.7.6. Water, mechanical and chemical strength
3.8. Deterioration of mortars
3.8.1. Main factors and mechanisms
3.8.2. Defects of formulation, mixture, application and hardening
3.8.3. Common pathologies: effloresces and ceramic-mortar interaction
In the frequency period, the evaluation will be made through closed book tests in theoretical and theoretical-practical classes.
During exam period, the evaluation will be assessed through closed book exam. The exam consists of two independent parts: theoretical component and theoretical-practical component.
The final classification in each evaluation period is obtained by the formula: Final classification = CT x 0.5 + CTP x 0.5, where: CT: classification of the theoretical component obtained in frequency period by the arithmetic mean of the theoretical tests and in exam period by the theoretical part of the exam; PCT: classification of the theoretical-practical component obtained in frequency period by the arithmetic mean of the theoretical-practical tests and in exam period by the theoretical-practical part of the exam.
In any evaluation period, the theoretical and theoretical-practical components have a minimum of eight point five values for approval to the curricular unit.
At any evaluation period, the student may choose to perform only the theoretical or theoretical-practical component and will always be considered the best classification obtained in both components.
Students can organize activities / events that allow them to get up to four values, which will be added to the final classification, within the maximum of twenty values.
- Borrelli, E. e Urland, A. (1999). ARC Laboratory Handbook. Rome: ICCROM
- Henry, A. (2012). Practical Building Conservation: Mortars, Renders & Plasters. Farnham: Ashgate
- Garate Rojas, I. (2002). Artes de la cal. Madrid: Munillaleria
- Garate Rojas, I. (1998). Artes de los yesos. Madrid: Munillaleria
Method of interaction
1. Lectures focused on the exploration of basic concepts and elementary principles
2. Laboratory classes which applying of technical concepts, including observation, calculus and testing
Software used in class
Theoretical: not applicable