Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

, Volume 49, Issue 11, pp 4473–4478 | Cite as

Experimental Weathering of Weak Sandstone Without Direct Water Participation by Using Sandstone from the Yungang Grottoes in Datong, China

  • Ying Qin
  • Yinghong WangEmail author
  • Liuliu Li
  • Jizhong Huang
Technical Note


The Yungang Grottoes, situated in Datong, Shanxi Province, China, were first constructed in the fifth century during the Northern Wei Dynasty and were registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. Over the last 30 years, the atmosphere in Datong has been heavily impacted upon by atmospheric pollutants in both gaseous and particulate phases generated by the production and consumption of coal. This has posed a serious threat to the conservation of the Yungang Grottoes.

In order to protect historical sites such as the Yungang Grottoes, many investigations have been conducted into the weathering processes associated with historical stones throughout the world. Previous investigations have discussed the influence of water on the weathering processes of sandstone in China (Fang et al. 2008; Huang et al. 2008; Wang et al. 2011). Christos S. Christoforou, Lynn G. Salmon and Glen R. Cass have conducted long-term fieldwork campaigns to study the effects of changes in air...


Sandstone Simulating experiment Sulfur dioxide Yungang Grottoes Capillary condensation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ying Qin
    • 1
  • Yinghong Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Liuliu Li
    • 1
  • Jizhong Huang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department for History of Science and Scientific ArchaeologyUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina
  2. 2.Shanxi Culture Relics BureauTaiyuanChina

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