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Corrosion of Metallic Heritage Artefacts

Investigation, Conservation and Prediction of Long Term Behaviour

Understanding long term corrosion processes is critical in many areas, including archaeology and conservation. This important book reviews key themes such as the processes underlying corrosion over long periods, how corrosion rates can be measured and materials conserved.

After an overview of the study and conservation of metal archaeological artefacts, a group of chapters reviews long term corrosion in metals such as steel, iron and bronze. Other chapters review the impact of environmental factors on corrosion rates. The book also considers instrumental techniques for measuring corrosion such as electrochemistry and scanning electron microscopy, as well as ways of modelling corrosion processes. There is also coverage of the effectiveness of corrosion inhibitors.

With its distinguished editors and contributors, Corrosion of metallic heritage artefacts improves our understanding of long term corrosion and its effects. It provides a valuable reference for those involved in archaeology and conservation, as well as those dealing with the long term storage of nuclear and other waste.

Archaeologists and conservationists; Those dealing with the long term storage of nuclear and other waste

Hardbound, 416 Pages

Published: March 2007

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-239-1


  • Examination and conservation of historic and archaeological metal artefacts: A European overview; Corrosion behaviour of low alloy steels: From ancient past to far future; Archaeological metal artefacts and conservation issues: long term corrosion studies; Contribution of iron archaeological artefacts to the estimation of average corrosion rates and the long term corrosion mechanisms of low carbon steel buried in steel; Electrochemical study of steel artefacts from World War I: Contribution of A. C. impedance spectroscopy and chronoamperometry to describe the behaviour of the corrosion layers; Species transport in the corrosion products of ferrous archaeological analogues: A contribution to the modelling of iron long term corrosion mechanisms; Long term behaviour of iron embedded in concrete: From the characterisation of archaeological analogues to the verification of the oxygen reduction as the limiting step for corrosion rate; Study of the atmospheric corrosion of iron by ageing historical artefacts and contemporary low-alloy steel in climatic chamber: Comparison with mechanistic modelling; The corrosion of metallic artefacts in seawater: Descriptive analysis; Contribution of the local and structural characterisation for studies of the corrosion mechanisms related to the presence of chlorine on the archaeological ferrous artefacts; A proposal to describe reactivated corrosion of archaeological iron objects; Simulation of corrosion processes of buried archaeological bronze artefacts; Corrosion patina or international patina: Contribution of non-destructive analyses to the surface study of copper based archaeological objects; Tin and copper oxides in corroded archaeological bronzes; Corrosion problems and reconstruction of the copper roof on the summer palace of Queen Ann’s in Prague; Long term corrosion of iron at the waterlogged site Nydam in Denmark: Studies of environment, archaeological artefacts and modern analogues; On-line corrosion monitoring of indoor atmospheres; Corrosion inhibitors for metallic artefacts: Temporary protection; Surface characterisation of corrosion inhibitors on bronzes for artistic casting.


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