Research and Development

 

 

Ministry of Industry and Trade Projects

Functional UV protective coating systems

 

The project ran from 2007 to 2010 within the Sustainable Welfare programme under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.

The project contractor was COC s.r.o., the project participants were the Faculty of Restoration of the University of Pardubice together with the Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Synpo a.s. and Masaryk University in Brno.

The project was focused on the synthesis of polymeric UV stabilizers and photo-protective acrylic varnish resin and its use in restoration practice. In addition, photo-protective films and other materials were developed in order to protect wood. The Faculty of Restoration investigated the possibilities of decrease the yellowing of selected wooden picture frame varnishes by adding UV stabilizers and absorbers.

 

Postdoctoral project of the Czech Science Foundation

GP408/09/P429

2009 - 2011

Sculpture in the early 17th century in Moravia

A three-year research project was focused on field research carried out to monitor sculptures which originated in late 16th and early 17th century in Moravia. Most of the sculptures had been neither recorded nor diagnosed. Only few free-standing sculptures of the period have been preserved to date, most of the monitored objects belong to architectural and sepulchral sculpture.

The project involved field research, photo-documentation, search in archives and earlier literature as well as a comparative study of the formal features of the sculptures in question, which resulted in the identification of authorship and employer categories. The current state of sculptures was diagnosed and identification of the original appearance was attempted on the basis of historic documentation (photography, drawings).

The project is expected to result in the creation of a specialised catalogue of the artworks and synthetic chapters which would trace various aspects of the early 17th century sculpture in Moravia, accompanied with technological surveys in selected cases.

Principal investigator: Mgr. Vladislava Říhová, Ph.D., Department of Humanities

 

 

Low viscosity inorganic binders and their applications

 

The Department of Chemical Technology of the Restoration Faculty of the University of Pardubice has been involved in the research project since 2011. The project is funded within the Programme of applied research and experimental development ALFA under the auspices of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.

 

The aim of the project is the modification of the end-use properties of low viscosity inorganic binders, which can be employed in many branches of industry, such as building industry or restoration and monument preservation. The project further aspires to reinforce the interdisciplinarity of applied research and experimental development.  

 

A four-year project is to finish in December 2014.

Project participants:

České lupkové závody, a. s.

Výzkumný ústav anorganické chemie, a. s.

University of Pardubice – Faculty of Chemical Technology

                                          Faculty of Restoration

 

The goal of the project is to develop a technology for the production of inorganic binders suitable for the production of high-temperature resistant adhesives and coating materials and restoration materials.

The project involves the development and modification of the following products:

  1. A binder suitable for the manufacturing of coating materials resistant to high temperature
  2. A coating material which is resistant to high temperature and organic solvents
  3. An adhesive resistant to high-temperature
  4. Materials for historic monument restoration

 

The project objectives will be achieved by:

- testing the developed binders in the above-mentioned applications, i.e. coating materials, adhesives, injection media and binders

- supporting the quality of the developed materials with experimental results

- creating the reference material for a technological description of new products

- assessing the production from the viewpoint of technology and economy.

 

The Department of Chemical Technology of the Restoration Faculty participates in this project by testing the existing low viscosity binders for injecting and adhesion of historical materials – stone, terracotta, lime and lime-cement mortars. The tests focus on the analysis of the properties and nature of low viscose binders from the viewpoint of efficiency and user comfort, as well as on the comparison of these binders with commercial products commonly used in restoration practice. On the basis of the test results, advantages and disadvantages of the existing low viscosity binders will be specified and a proposal will be made to project participants concerning the modification of binders for the use of restoration and historical monument care.

The fundamental element of the project is a close cooperation among the participating institutions, which guarantees optimal research results.