Project goals

Classification of transport-related shock and vibration emissions
The classification of the shock and vibration emissions arising from packaging, modes of transport and the route allows a detailed risk assessment when deciding how to transport the painting.

Risk assessment and setting tolerance levels
How can fragility features be defined and test paintings developed to meet these criteria? During laboratory tests with the simulation device, structural analyses of test paintings (also via digital holographic speckle pattern interferometry DHSPI in cooperation with the Holography Laboratory, Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas). The results should show which emissions induce structural changes to fragile painting structures.
The team also performs measurements when paintings are being moved (i.e. not a lab test).  The results provide a basis for setting tolerance levels.

Assessing current prevention strategies (vibration protection techniques, transport packaging)
The aim of the CTI project is to reduce the shocks and the continual vibration while the painting is in transit.  In preparation for the next development phase, current vibration protection and upholstery techniques must be checked to see how effective they are.

Developing new prevention strategies (product optimization / development)
Following review and appraisal of the current prevention strategies, the results reveal a clear need to optimize vibration damping. Issues include: how can vibration stresses on transported materials be minimized, and how can the damping properties of our packaging systems be improved without making the production process more expensive or complicated? The emphasis of the follow-on project currently under way is on optimizing conventional damping materials and evaluating new approaches to vibration damping. In addition, a monitoring concept for practical use is being developed that will test the damping properties of packaging systems under real conditions and document the stresses imposed during transit. The aim is to create a simple monitoring system by means of targeted adjustments to hardware and software.

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