Environmental Geology

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 521–528

Testing the durability of limestone for Cathedral façade restoration

Authors

    • Faculty of Development and SocietySheffield Hallam University
  • K. Spence
    • Faculty of Development and SocietySheffield Hallam University
  • D. P. Jefferson
    • Jefferson Consulting Ltd
  • S. Hetherington
    • Faculty of Development and SocietySheffield Hallam University
  • B. Martin
    • English Heritage
  • C. Wood
    • English Heritage
Special Issue

DOI: 10.1007/s00254-008-1333-x

Cite this article as:
Laycock, E.A., Spence, K., Jefferson, D.P. et al. Environ Geol (2008) 56: 521. doi:10.1007/s00254-008-1333-x

Abstract

This research aimed to specify an optimum replacement stone for Truro Cathedral. A variety of petrographically and visually similar material to the original Bath stone was initially selected. The stones were subjected to three different durability tests; Sodium sulphate crystallisation and large scale testing with both accelerated and climatic freeze-thaw cyclic loading. The most suitable stone was determined as the one with the best performance characteristics overall.

Keywords

Restoration Weathering Oöidal limestone Freeze thaw Durability

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