The role of science and technology in preserving historical masonry structures

Project specs




Albert Noumowé



Funding agency

ANR – Agence Nationale pour la Recherche




This video describes the significance of scientific knowledge regarding the performance of materials under fire conditions, which can be helpful in preserving/restoring historical masonry structures. It explains the role of the POSTFIRE project in the recovery of cultural heritage buildings after fires.

Researcher Profile

CY (Cergy Paris Université - leading partner): CYU has a strong vocation to experimental-based education and research, relying on a highly equipped facility for multi-scale and multi-criteria characterization of materials.

CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) : CSTB’s mission is to guarantee the safety and quality of buildings, carrying on research, expertise, testing and dissemination, on behalf of public and private bodies. The fire resistance laboratory platform is one of the greatest in Europe.

CTMNC (Centre Technique des Matériaux Naturels de Construction) is an industrial technical centre recognised by public bodies. It deals with normalisation, quality, technology standby, research and development in the field of clay and natural stone; it acts as a link among industry, research and standardisation bodies.

LRMH (Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques) is a national institution inside the Ministry of Culture. It supports architects, conservators and curators in charge of preservation and restoration of listed monuments. It is involved in the conservation of fallen pieces from the vaults, the historical frame structure and the spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
UO (Université d’Orleans): the Civil Engineering team from the Laboratory of Mechanics “Gabriel Lamé” has a long and valued experience in education and research in the fields of built heritage evaluation, modelling and restoration. It is specialist in computer-aided modelling of materials.

ROCAMAT: it is the leading producer of natural stone for construction in France since 1853. It manages 20 stone quarries, 4 factories and a construction division, and it has supplied prestigious buildings and monuments of our time, e. g. the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the China Petroleum Company (Beijing), The Britannic Centre (São Paolo, Brazil), the Eiffel Tower (Paris).

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