Nondestructive analysis

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Any analysis method that does not alter the physical or chemical characteristics of the material. Examples of nondesctructive analysis methods include: X-ray fluorescence analysis, UV-vis fluorescence, Neutron activation analysis, Raman spectroscopy, Infrared spectroscopy… These methods may concern elemental or molecular analysis.

Synonyms and Related Terms

non-destructive analysis; analyse nondestructive (Fr.); zerstörungsfreie Analyse (Deut.)

Additional information

  • D. Bradley, D. Creagh, Physical techniques in the study of art, archaeology and cultural heritage, Elsevier, Amsterdam (2006)
  • R. van Grieken, K. Janssens, Cultural heritage conservation and environment impact assessment by non-destructive techniques and microanalysis, Taylor & Francis, London (2004)
  • R. van Grieken, K. Janssens, Cultural heritage conservation and environmental impact assessment by nondestructive testing and micro-analysis, CRC Press (2005)
  • E.A. Varella, Conservation science for the cultural heritage - Applications of instrumental analysis, Springer (2013)
  • W. Goedecke, Wörterbuch der Werkstoffprüfung (Dictionary of material testing – German – English – French), VDI-Verlag, Düsseldorf (1992) ISBN 3-18-401159-3