Fachtagung "Analysis and Characterisation of Wooden Cultural Heritage by Scientific Enigeering Methods"
"Analysis and Characterisation of Wooden Cultural Heritage by Scientific Engineering Methods"
The use of wood has a long tradition and is closely linked to the cultural evolution of mankind.
Widely available and easy to work, wood has been used not only as timber for construction but also
as a raw material for carving and sculpting. Countless historic wooden buildings, vehicles and
the skills and virtuosity of past generations and cultures, just as great works of art such as paintings on wood, religious sculptures, musical instruments and furniture. These objects are exposed to mechanical and climatic stress as well as biological deterioration, factors leading eventually to visible ageing of the material. String loads on stringed musical instruments, heating of indoor environments, climate change and moisture damage cause deformation and irreversible damage such as cracks. To preserve our cultural heritage for future generations various research activities have been conducted over the last decades, and the topic continues to be highly important. Properties of wood as a material and conservation issues of wooden object have been subject of numerous research projects, networks and conferences, activities which have considerably advanced our knowledge. Materials scientists, mechanical and acoustical engineers, conservators and museums cooperate in the interest of conserving our cultural heritage, to slow down degradation and to retain the material integrity of the objects so that they can continue to be presented to the public. The symposium aims to favour the scientific exchange between researchers in the fields of the analysis of cultural heritage with engineering methods, and of the structural characterisation of objects such as musical instruments. Conservators are welcome to participate in the symposium, to join the discussion on tolerable climate fluctuations in museums, and to share their experiences of the impact of indoor climates on museum objects. We hope and expect that the discussion of analysis methods and numerical simulation results will lead to new perspectives and more general conclusions. Finally, the symposium will also be suitable as an introduction into the topic for early stage researchers, as the problems of the deterioration of wooden cultural heritage, for example due to climate variations, will remain important, and because the engineering methods currently being developed have important potential to contribute to their solution.
It is our pleasure to present to you a programme which we hope you will find rich, diverse and interesting, with the intention to offer you new insights into different engineering issues in relation with cultural heritage, combined with relevant case studies of objects and conservation problems.
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Programm der Fachtagung
Thursday April 28
09:00 - 10:00 Registration
10:30 I How is the Weather Today? Relative Humidity Variations in Museum Environments and their Impact on Collections
Dr. Dipl.-Chem. Kilian Anheuser, Musée d'ethnographie de Genève
11:00 II Assessing Environmentally Induced Risk for Wooden Works of Art
Prof. Dr. habil. Łukasz Bratasz, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University
11:30 III A Practical Model-based Method to Assess the Risk Level of Wood Deterioration in Historic Interiors
Prof. Dr. Tomáš Vyhlídal, Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 IV Hygric Properties of Solid, Glued Laminated and Varnished Walnut and Cherry
M.Sc. Erik Valentine Bachtiar, Institute for Building Materials, Wood Physics, ETH Zurich
14:30 V Modelling the Properties of Old Wood and the Accelerated Thermo-hydrous Wood
Prof. em. Dr. Parviz Navi, Institute of Materials, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
15:00 VI Climate4Wood: Thermo-hygro-mechanical Coupled Modelling of Oak Wooden Museum Objects
M.Sc. Rianne A. Luimes, Department of Built Environment, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 VII Hygro-mechanical Structural Analysis of Keyboard Instruments
Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Konopka, Institute for Structural Analysis, Technische Universität Dresden
16:30 VIII A Frequency Domain Correlation Approach for the Assessment of Wooden Musical Instruments
Prof. Dr. Marco A. Pérez, Department of Industrial Engineering, IQS School of Engineering - Universitat Ramon Llull
17:00 IX Virtual Prototyping: A Potential Tool for Wooden Cultural Heritage Studies
M.Sc. Romain Viala, Department of Applied Mechanics, FEMTO-ST Institute, Besançon
19:00 Concert at Händel-Haus
Ekkehard Wölk Trio, Berlin | Jazz
ca. 20:00 Conference Dinner
Hallesches Brauhaus · Große Nikolaistraße 2 · 06108 Halle (Saale)
Friday April 29
09:00 X Development of a Numerical Model to Simulate the Effect of new Support Designs for a Wooden Shipwreck
Prof. Dr. Kristofer Gamstedt, Department of Engineering Sciences, Applied Sciences, Uppsala University
09:30 XI Measurement of Mechanical Properties of Wooden Supports of Original Panel Paintings
Prof. em. Luca Uzielli, Dept. GESAAF (Management of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems), University of Florence
10:00 XII Compression Set and Cupping of Painted Wooden Panels
Dr. habil. Joseph Gril, Laboratoire de Mécanique et Génie Civil (LMGC), CNRS, University of Montpellier
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
10:30 XIII Bringing back Historical Instruments to Playing Conditions: Measuring Changes
Dr. Sandie Le Conte, Cité de la musique, Paris
11:30 XIV The effects of Hygro-mechanical Variations on Conservation of Historical Wooden Musical Instruments
Prof. Dr. Marco Fioravanti, Dept. GESAAF (Management of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems), University of Florence
12:00 XV The MUSICES-Project: Towards a Standard for 3D-computed Tomography of Musical Instruments
Dipl.-Rest. M.A. Sebastian Kirsch, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg
Weitere Informationen, Anmeldung, Organisation
wood material modelling
panel paintings, sculptures, and others
Physicists, engineers, conservators, curators and craftsmen dealing with wood or wooden historic
Early stage researchers are especially welcome.
April 28 to 29, 2016
Große Nikolaistraße 5 ∙ 06108 Halle (Saale) ∙ Germany
Current Information and Programme
Flyer and a summary of important information including programme and lecturers are available on the following websites:
The list of lectures and the final programme are attached at the end.
Early registration fees are applicable if payment is received not later than March 20, 2016.
Early: 65 € Late: 100 € On site: 130 €
The fee includes the conference proceedings, coffee breaks, concert ticket and conference
Registration and transfer is possible until April 21, 2016. An acknowledgement of the registration will be sent. Registrations may be cancelled until April 21, 2016 with a full refund of the conference fee. After this date, a cancellation fee of 25 € will be charged. Registration after April 21 is only possible at venue by cash with an extra fee of 30 €.
For registration, please write an email at daniel.konopka@tu‐dresden.de and finish it by transferring the fee within three work days after confirmation to the following bank account:
Technische Universität Dresden
IBAN: DE52 8504 0000 0800 4004 00
WCE2016, surname, first name
Steuernummer (Germany): 203/149/02549
Tax‐ID (foreign countries): DE 188 369 991
Attention! The number of participants is limited to 90 people!
Univ.‐Prof. Dr.‐Ing. habil. Michael Kaliske and Dipl.‐Ing. Daniel Konopka (TUD, Dresden, Germany),
Prof. Dr.‐Ing. habil. Dr. h.c. Peter Niemz and M.Sc. Erik Bachtiar (ETH, Zürich, Switzerland),
Clemens Birnbaum and Stefan Ehricht (Stiftung Händel‐Haus, Halle (Saale), Germany),
DPhil Dipl.‐Chem. Kilian Anheuser (Musée d'Ethnographie de Genève MEG, Switzerland)
Dipl.‐Ing. Daniel Konopka
Technische Universität Dresden
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Institute for Structural Analysis
phone: +49 351 463‐35736