Environmental Geology

, Volume 56, Issue 3–4, pp 521–528

Testing the durability of limestone for Cathedral façade restoration

  • E. A. Laycock
  • K. Spence
  • D. P. Jefferson
  • S. Hetherington
  • B. Martin
  • C. Wood
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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 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. A. Laycock
    • 1
  • K. Spence
    • 1
  • D. P. Jefferson
    • 2
  • S. Hetherington
    • 1
  • B. Martin
    • 3
  • C. Wood
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Development and SocietySheffield Hallam UniversitySheffieldUK
  2. 2.Jefferson Consulting LtdLeicesterUK
  3. 3.English HeritageSwindonUK

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