This PhD project will develop computational methods to fuse multi-modular data sets into one quantitative 3D model of precious cultural heritage objects. The project is a unique collaboration between Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (S. Creange MSc., metal conservator), Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed (dr. I. Joosten, specialist conservation and restoration) and several sections of TU Delft within the NWO programme NICAS (Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science). The project aims to deliver valuable insights into the interior (state) of objects like bronze statues: how where the objects created by the artist, what is the current physical and chemical condition and composition of the objects interior and what can be learned from the interior for best conservation and preservation strategy of the object. By combining neutron tomography with gamma spectroscopy and gamma tomography into one 3D computed reconstruction, this novel approach will deliver the required quantitative information with which such questions may be answered. These 3 techniques are available at Delft University of Technology, as well as the expertise on the interpretation of the individual data sets. The (computational) fusion of those data sets into one 3D reconstruction will provide new insights to museum conservators and curators and ideally can be used by the museum for exhibition reasons.
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