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Camuffo, D and Sturaro, G and Valentino, A (1999) Thermodynamic exchanges between the external boundary layer and the indoor microclimate at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, Italy: the problem of conservation of ancient works. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 92 (2). pp. 243-262. ISSN 00068314

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The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, is an example of how ancient buildings with thick walls lessen the impact of the external temperature and humidity variations. The external influence on the internal microclimate is studied in order to gather information on how the building exchanges heat and moisture. Correlations between outdoor and indoor values are found. The results are applied to the calculation of the condensation-evaporation cycles inside micropores due to the Kelvin effect, to assess their impact on works of arts placed inside and outside the Basilica. It was found that the building attenuation is not sufficient to avoid damage due to condensation-evaporation cycles on stones and plasters. Some suggestions are made in order to mitigate the temperature variations during the liturgical offices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Historic building; Church; Thermodynamics; Moisture transport; Conservation
Subjects: English > Climate Control
Depositing User: Anna Samuelsson
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2008 07:21
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 13:51

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