24 March 2022
Bournemouth University discovers sustainable ways to preserve historical tanks.
Reversing the effects of the structural degradation is a key priority for the fleet of 300 military vehicles because they have significant historical biographies which are examples of British engineering heritage. The different materials, types of systems and mechanical failures that occurred in the tanks were compared to explore what control measures could be put in place to reverse the failed mechanisms.
A decade of research from BU played an important role in enabling the Museum to secure £2.5m of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to invest in the Vehicle Conservation Centre, which provides a controlled environment and helps slow down deterioration in these vehicles.
Bournemouth University Professor Zulfiqar Khan said, “I started work with the Tank Museum in 2009 because I wanted to develop a sustainable method of conserving large military vehicles in the museum.The research goes beyond just preserving tanks because it can be used in much wider industries to help create sustainable solutions. It has played an important role in helping people to better understand and explore British Heritage.”
The research found is also adaptable to designing other solutions such as for high value structures of strategic significance, interacting systems, process equipment and machinery, and energy efficient components which can be used in automotive and aerospace industries.
Director of The Tank Museum Richard Smith added, “Before
The research has led to collaboration with the Beaulieu National Motor Museum to develop a framework for sustainable conservation of other historic vehicles.
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