Tracking consolidant penetration into fossil bone using neutron radiography

A. S. Schulp*, R. Schouten, L. Metten, A. van de Sande, A. Bontenbal

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In the conservation of fragile fossil bone material impregnation by solvent-borne consolidant is often required. Understanding the mode of penetration of consolidants into fossil bone is of crucial importance. It is governed by a variety of factors; neutron imaging is a powerful tool to monitor and visualise this penetration (non-destructively). The consolidation of a vertebrate fossil from the Maastrichtian of the southeast Netherlands was imaged at the High Flux Reactor facility at Petten, the Netherlands. The analysis shows current conservation practice to result in a sufficiently deep and isotropic penetration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalNetherlands Journal of Geosciences = Geologie en Mijnbouw
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


  • Conservation
  • Consolidant penetration
  • Fossil bone
  • Neutron imaging


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