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Atlas of Materials Pathology aims to be a learning and helping tool to identify diseases, for those professionals involved in the Heritage restoration and conservation.

The visual searching for a specific disease can be done in two different ways:

  • search/ keyword: it is used when we know the name of the pathology and when we want to take a look at a specific material. You only need to type the name of the alteration and all the files related to it will appear on the screen, with its material and a small picture.
  • Advanced search: this type of search is used when you do not know the name of the disease and it is only possible to do a brief description by observing the object and its alteration. This search is divided and guided into 4 areas, which means that by using the drop-down listings we will be lead to a more limited outcome.

Here are the following areas on which we rely for help:

  • Material: type of base material where the alteration occurs (e.g. metal, stone, polymer…)
  • Classification: subdivides the material group into classes (e.g. metal: iron, copper, lead…)
  • Layer: refers to the level where the alteration occurs:
    • Deposit: on the surface, outside the base material.
    • Surface: the alteration occurs only in the material of the work piece surface
    • Body: the alteration affects the entire mass of the material
  • Detail: this tab is used when some details of the disease can be added, such as colour, texture…
  • The more fields we are able to choose, within the drop-down listings, the better the final result will be, i.e. less files will be selected and therefore we will be closer to identifying the disease. As a result, we will find a list of pathologies and images that match with the search and fields that have been chosen.

    The result shows the name of the alteration, the date on which the file has been edited in the Atlas, the belonging fields (material, classification, layer, details) and its associated image. Finally, by a visual comparison of images, the searched pathology can be selected.

    When a specific image or pathology is chosen, its file can be opened and it shows all the information about the object, material, photographs, microscope images, chemical analysis, literature…

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