Embrittlement in archaeological silver artifacts: Diagnostic and remedial techniques
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- Wanhill, R. JOM (2003) 55: 16. doi:10.1007/s11837-003-0168-x
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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.