In this paper removal of potassium, sulfate and aluminum ions from waterlogged alum treated wood with the use of an applied electric field is described. An electric DC field was applied across the wood for 4-20 days. At the end of the experiments sulfate had moved as expected towards the anode and potassium had moved towards the cathode. One experiment showed that after 20 days only 10% of the sulfate and 8% of the potassium was left in the wood. Aluminum tended to be removed more slowly and even after 20 days only minor amounts of aluminum were removed from the wood. Total removal of alum was not obtained in the experiments reported here, but the high conductivity and the transport of the measured ions due to the electric field indicates that an applied electric field as a method for removal of alum and other unwanted ions from treated wooden objects warrants further investigation.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 11th ICOM-CC Conference on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Conference on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials - Greenville, USA|
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …
Conference number: 11
|Conference||Conference on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials|
|Period||01/01/2010 → …|