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Material Compatibility for Historic Items Decontaminated with Gamma Irradiation

Citation:

U.S. EPA. Material Compatibility for Historic Items Decontaminated with Gamma Irradiation. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-16/264, 2017.

Impact/Purpose:

The objective of this project was to investigate the impact of decontamination using gamma irradiation on selected historical materials. This project continued research of the effects of decontamination methods for biological agents on materials identified as representative of types of irreplaceable objects or works of art found in museums and/or archive settings. In the previous research, surrogate materials were checked for compatibility with four decontamination methods: chlorine dioxide, hydrogen peroxide vapor, methyl bromide, and ethylene oxide gas. This project investigated the effects of gamma irradiation, which has also been shown to be an effective decontamination method for biological agents, on the surrogate test materials. These assessments include the impact on the aesthetic (visual) value of historical objects and instrumental spectrophotometric technical analyses for color changes in the materials. These assessments include the impact on the aesthetic (visual) value of historical objects and instrumental spectrophotometric technical analyses for color changes in the materials.

Description:

Report

URLs/Downloads:

MATERIAL COMPATIBILITY FOR HISTORIC ITEMS DECONTAMINATED WITH GAMMA IRRADIATION   (PDF,NA pp, 4610 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 03/06/2017
Record Last Revised: 11/08/2018
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 335634

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HOMELAND SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER

DECON AND CONSEQUENCE MANAGEMENT DIVISION