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author = {Wood, JD and Gauvin, C and Young, CRT and Taylor, AC and Balint, DS and Charalambides, MN},
doi = {10.1016/j.prostr.2018.12.063},
pages = {379--384},
publisher = {Elsevier B.V.},
title = {Cracking in paintings due to relative humidity cycles},
url = {},
year = {2018}

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AB - A numerical study is performed using the finite element method to consider the effects of low-cycle fatigue, specifically induced through relative humidity cycles on paintings. It has been identified that there are two major crack types in paintings, these being (i) an interfacial crack (delamination) between paint and support and (ii) a through-thickness (channel) crack in the paint layer itself, arresting on the interface. Therefore a 2D plane strain model for each type of crack has been created, which both consist of an alkyd paint modelled using a visco-hyperelastic material model and a primed canvas which is assumed to behave in a linear elastic manner. To account for fatigue damage in both models, cohesive elements located along the interface or through the film thickness respectively, are used and the traction-separation law has been modified to incorporate a fatigue damage parameter. It is possible to expose the models to the same relative humidity cycles, which would typically be seen in museums, enabling the prediction of time to first crack and which crack type is more readily grown in the painting.
AU - Wood,JD
AU - Gauvin,C
AU - Young,CRT
AU - Taylor,AC
AU - Balint,DS
AU - Charalambides,MN
DO - 10.1016/j.prostr.2018.12.063
EP - 384
PB - Elsevier B.V.
PY - 2018///
SN - 2452-3216
SP - 379
TI - Cracking in paintings due to relative humidity cycles
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