The University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering has joined forces with the School of Heritage and History to find a way to preserve ancient Japanese documents, along with producing industry-standard testing equipment.
Pictured above are some of the prototype pieces. The Zero-Span grips were created in the School of Engineering’s new mechanical engineering workshop. After recent investments made in machine tools and accessories, the School of Engineering is expected to be fully self-sufficient at producing research-grade equipment and apparatus, limiting the need for external contractors and significantly reducing equipment costs.
The grips were manufactured using guidance in Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry and were used to measure the strength of paper fibres to compare the quality of different types of handmade Japanese conservation quality papers to their mass produced, machine made rivals.
The grips were designed and made for a student, Miss Tohma, who is a student within the School of History and Heritage. In the course of her research, Miss Tohma’s research will investigate many properties of her subject material using the School of Engineering’s equipment, including various tensile testing and imaging techniques.
Previous collaborations between the two Schools has seen similar testing of conservation areas, such as, tapestry stitching, leather treatments and natural (Isinglass) adhesives.