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Protecting precious artefacts by graphene gilding

Protecting precious artefacts by graphene gilding
Gilding is the process of coating intricate artefacts with precious metals. Ancient Egyptians and Chinese coated their sculptures with thin metal films using gilding - and these golden sculptures have resisted corrosion, wear, and environmental degradation for thousands of years. The middle and outer coffins of Tutankhamun, for instance, are gold leaf gilded, as are many other ancient treasures.
12th September 2018


Indicators automatically highlight microscopic damage

Indicators automatically highlight microscopic damage
Damage developing in a material can be difficult to see until something breaks or fails. A new polymer damage indication system automatically highlights areas that are cracked, scratched or stressed, allowing engineers to address problem areas before they become more problematic.
19th January 2016


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