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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) - Scholarship: 'Wet walls: Developing 4D moisture survey techniques for historic buildings'

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) is pleased to announce that applications are currently open for the following interdisciplinary four-year scholarship:

'Wet walls’: Developing 4D moisture survey techniques for historic buildings'

Overview:
Moisture ingress is a serious problem for many historic buildings, as it can cause severe deterioration to building materials. Whilst several specialist techniques are available to estimate moisture contents of building materials, they have generally only been used individually to provide 2D snapshots. This project is innovative in seeking to combine three methods to visualise the spatial distribution of moisture and its temporal dynamics. Such data will improve understanding of moisture problems and enable the development of better conservation solutions. The overall aim of the project is to develop methods to combine three, complementary techniques: 2D resistivity surveys, IR thermography and microwave moisture sensors. The project will address two main research questions:

1. How do the three methods compare in terms of the data they produce about moisture
distribution in walls?

2. Can we develop integrated time-lapse methods to provide useful 4D information on
moisture contents using the three techniques?

Application deadline: 16 July 2014
Interviews: 23 July 2014 (at UCL)

Full details can be found in the PDF document attached under 'Related Files' below.

SUBMITTED BY: Selina McCarthy AUTHOR: SEAHA Centre ManagerORIGINAL PUBLISHED DATE: 6/11/2014