Online Colloquium: Virtual Experiments for Wooden Artwork (VirtEx)

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Friday, 5 November, 2021

The project Virtual Experiments for Wooden Artwork – VirtEx at the Technische Universität Dresden will conclude with a final international colloquium at 5 November 2021.

On behalf of all project partners and the organisers of the colloquium from the Institute for Structural Analysis, you are kindly invited to attend.

Time: 5. November 2021, 08:45 - 16:00 (Timezone: UTC + 1)
Venue: online via zoom
To participate, you need to register via email until 3 November
The zoom link will be sent to you right before the colloquium.
Further information about the project:

• Michael Kaliske, Technische Universität Dresden (Germany)
• Łukasz Bratasz, Yale University (USA), Polish Academy of Sciences Krakow (Poland)
• Kristofer Gamstedt, Uppsala University (Sweden)
• Chiara Bertolin, Norwegian University of Science and Technology Trondheim (Norway)
• Akke S.J. Suiker, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
• Emanuela Bosco, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)
• Joseph Gril, CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) (France)
• Michał Łukomski, Getty Conservation Institute (USA)
• Ottaviano Allegretti, National Research Council of Italy - the BioEconomy Institute (Italy)

The VirtEx project: Within the research field of preventive conservation, the aim of the VirtEx project is to develop an objective, numerical tool for decision-making in conservation and restoration. Simulation models for the analysis of painted wooden artwork are developed using the Finite Element Method. The central object within the VirtEx project is an icon of the Russian Memorial Church in Leipzig. The numerical studies are accompanied by art technological, material and structural investigations on the icon, conducted by the interdisciplinary group of project partners. Finally, computer simulations shall predict the structural behaviour of wooden artwork within a fluctuating climate, in order to avoid damage and to determine climate regulations or other specific conservation measures.

The international colloquium: Interdisciplinarity is a key aspect in this research field. The communication between different disciplines can be challenging sometimes. In order to strengthen the link between theory and practice, between engineering science and conservation science, the lectures will be given by engineering scientists who have a strong connection to practical restoration and conservation projects. The colloquium addresses both, restorers and conservators, but also natural scientists and engineers in a broad sense. The aim of the contributions is to introduce the state of the art in this field to a broad audience.