Effects of air pollution on materials and cultural heritage: ICP materials celebrates 25 years of research

Johan Tidblad, Vladimir Kucera, Martin Ferm, Katerina Kreislova, Stefan Brüggerhoff, Stefan Doytchinov, Augusto Screpanti, Terje Grøntoft, Tim Yates, Daniel De La Fuente, Ott Roots, Tiziana Lombardo, Stefan Simon, Markus Faller, Lech Kwiatkowski, Joanna Kobus, Costas Varotsos, Chris Tzanis, Linda Krage, Manfred SchreinerMichael Melcher, Ivan Grancharov, Nadya Karmanova

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An overview is given of all results from the International Co-operative Programme on Effects on Materials including Historic and Cultural Monuments (ICP Materials), which was launched in 1985. Since then, about twenty different materials have been exposed repeatedly in a network of test sites consisting of more than twenty sites with an extensive environmental characterisation and more than sixty official reports have been issued. Recent results on trends in corrosion, soiling, and pollution show that corrosion of carbon steel, zinc, and limestone is today substantially lower than 25 years ago, but while corrosion of carbon steel has decreased until today, corrosion of zinc and limestone has remained more or less constant since the turn of the century. Unique data are given on measured HNO3concentrations from 2002-2003, 2005-2006, and 2008-2009, and the relative average decrease was about the same from 2002-2003 to 2005-2006 as it was from 2005-2006 to 2008-2009. © 2012 Johan Tidblad et al.
Original languageEnglish
Article number496321
Pages (from-to)-
JournalInternational Journal of Corrosion
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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Tidblad, J., Kucera, V., Ferm, M., Kreislova, K., Brüggerhoff, S., Doytchinov, S., ... Karmanova, N. (2012). Effects of air pollution on materials and cultural heritage: ICP materials celebrates 25 years of research. International Journal of Corrosion, 2012, -. [496321]. https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/496321