In situ assessment of superficial moisture condition in façades of historic building using non-destructive techniques

Flores Sasso, Virginia, Ruiz Valero, Letzai and Prieto Vicioso, Esteban (2019) In situ assessment of superficial moisture condition in façades of historic building using non-destructive techniques. Case Studies in Construction Materials (10). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2214-5095 [Article]

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Abstract (in English)

In historic building the water resistance capacity of their external materials is a relevant property that must be known, because the materials play a fundamental role in the interaction with the external environment. The aim of this research is to evaluate in situ the superficial moisture condition in facades using non-destructive techniques (NDT). Two different moisture measuring NDT was used: Infrared Thermography (IRT) and Electrical Resistance Measuring (ERM); in addition, the Air Temperature and Relative Humidity were measured. The IRT identifies the temperature of the material and offers a thermal image with different temperatures that is interpreted as moisture area. A Moisture Mapping is obtained with ERM, which represents the moisture conditions in the facades. Both techniques give an idea of moisture areas. The results of both graphics shows that the most humid areas correspond to the same areas that obtain by IRT and ERM. In conclusion, using these two NDT at the same time it is possible to acquire usually a quick, qualitative, precise and economic results of: moisture areas in situ, important data to survey and the assessment the historic building for monitoring or preservation project.

Item Type: Article
Flores Sasso, Virginia
Ruiz Valero, Letzai
Prieto Vicioso, Esteban
Corporate Authors: Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra; Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra; Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena
Languages: English
Keywords: Built heritage; historic buildings; facades; monitoring; Non-destructive techniques; In situ assessment; Infrared thermography; Electrical Resistance Measuring; Moisture mapping; Moisture condition; case studies; churches; Climate conditions; Environmental conditions; building materials; thermal properties; Dominican Republic
G.DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
G.DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 01. Americas
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Iglesia Parroquial de Santa Barbara; Ciudad Colonial de Santo Domingo; Santa Barbara church, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
National Committee: Dominican Republic
Number: 10
ISSN: 2214-5095
Depositing User: ICOMOS Dominicano
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 08:44
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 08:44
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