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        Traditional Lime Technologies
created for the 50th International Chemistry Olympiad

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About Lime & Traditional Lime Technologies

The main focus of the laboratory is the research and development of construction binders produced by the calcination of limestone and other carbonate rocks with a specific focus on historical materials and procedures. The work is centered around the lime kiln itself, which allows the experimental small-scale production of lime and cement binders using technologies common mainly before the 1950’s. In terms of processing, the resulting binders and knowledge offer practical use for the care of cultural heritage and can also be used as inspiration when evaluating the options for the use of traditional materials and technologies in current civil engineering projects and the most advanced research.
Concurrently with the above-mentioned focus, the laboratory specializes in the study of specific materials, structures and technologies of historical buildings. In cooperation with archaeologists, restorers, building historians, architects and designers, the lab prepares scientific and expert archeometric studies, which allow the accurate interpretation of findings, the determination of material composition and production/engineering procedures, the identification of resources of historical raw materials and the description of changes due to degradation and damage.
Furthermore, the laboratory focuses long term on the collection of information on historical lime kilns, limestone quarries and sources of raw materials. The information collected is available from GIS - Calcarius (www.calcarius.cz/gis).

Find out more about the Experimental Lime Kiln Laboratory.

More pictures can be found in the Gallery.

What we do at ITAM

The Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ITAM) is a part of The Czech Academy of Science. ITAM works on scientific research in the field of solid phase mechanics, oriented particularly on micromechanics, biomechanics of solids, statistical dynamics of systems and media, nonlinear mechanics of systems, processes of failure of materials, mechanics of multifunctional materials, mechanics of particulate media, and computer and numerical mechanics.

The research is also concerned with the economic assessment of structures, buildings, etc. incl. proposals for new methodologies for special-purpose buildings and structures and the assessment of environmental and territorial effects, particularly in the safeguarding and evaluation of historical buildings and settlements.

Since 2000 the Institute has been supported by a grant from the European Commission as a "Centre of Excellence" responsible for the project ARCCHIP (Advanced Research Centre for the Cultural Heritage Interdisciplinary Project).

Our Research Team

Ing. Jan Válek, Ph.D.
Ing. Olga Skružná
RNDr. Petr Kozlovcev
Ing. Eva Stuchlíková
Josef Jiroušek
Mgr. Jaroslav Řihošek (externist)