SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


Pedro Rocha

PhD student, University College London

Project Title 

Strain modelling in historical tapestries.

Background & Summary of Project

Historical tapestries are very complex works of art given the materials, complex structure and weaving techniques used to produce them. This project aims to understand how the exposure to indoor environmental conditions results in the structural deterioration and loss of material in tapestries. The influence of humidity and temperature on the stress and strain distribution in hanging textiles will be studied in order to inform their preservation. This project will focus on the historical textile tapestry collections at Hampton Court Palace using in situ tri-axial strain monitoring sensors to provide data to inform experimental testing and computational modelling of tapestries using the finite element method.