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Development and manufacturing of lime for the preservation of monuments

The project aims at collection, evaluation and exchange of
existing knowledge and new/old experience with lime. Lime,
lime mortars and lime wash materials for preservation of
monuments and maintenance strategies will be developed.

The restoration of masonry and renderings of historic monuments and modern buildings with inappropriate material has often caused severe damage. There is obviously an urgent necessity to find repair materials and techniques which are capable of providing sufficient resistance, durability and high product quality and are compatible with the historic materials to be restored. Lime is a material with a long tradition and meets these demands with its well known ageing properties. Lime mortars, lime wash and rendering should be used in order to guarantee full reversibility and high compatibility with respect to the substrate. The EUROLIME project aims at the collection, evaluation and exchange of existing knowledge on lime and old and new experience with lime. It aims to increase the knowledge on lime by literature study and the practical investigation of ancient and modern mortars, renderings and paints, understanding structure, chemical, physical and mechanical properties, structure and composition of binders, as well as finding ways to manufacture lime with properties comparable to those found in historic material. Scholars, scientists, workmen and lime manufacturers as well as restorers, will take part. Historians of art and construction, architects, civil engineers, chemists, geoscientists and physicists will jointly perform field and laboratory studies and theoretical, historical and technical investigations. The investigations will result in the formulation of guidelines and testing methods for the manufacture and application of lime and also for the restoration of historic and modern monuments. Lime, lime mortars and lime wash materials will be developed for the preservation of monuments and new maintenance strategies will be formulated. Finally, it will result in an increase of service life for the objects and supply the market with good quality repair material in sufficient quantities and at an acceptable price.
Acronym: 
EUROLIME
Project ID: 
791
Start date: 
01-07-1992
Project Duration: 
106months
Project costs: 
4 120 000.00€
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