, Volume 55, Issue 10, pp 16–19

Embrittlement in archaeological silver artifacts: Diagnostic and remedial techniques

  • R. Wanhill
Feature Modeling And Characterization

DOI: 10.1007/s11837-003-0168-x

Cite this article as:
Wanhill, R. JOM (2003) 55: 16. doi:10.1007/s11837-003-0168-x


Archaeological silver may become brittle owing to long-term corrosion and microstructural changes. Recognition and determination of corrosion-induced and microstructurally induced embrittlement, and also their synergy, are important for artifact conservation and possible restoration. This article considers the types of embrittlement, diagnostic techniques, and remedial measures.

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© TMS 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Wanhill
    • 1
  1. 1.National Aerospace Laboratory NLREmmeloordthe Netherlands

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