Entwicklung eines Messgeräts für die praktische Anwendung der Thermischen Schichtprüfung an Kunst und Kulturgut

Active thermography is an imaging, non-contact and non-destructive testing method that is employed in industry to localize, visualize and quantify hidden damage on coated surfaces.


  • Lead department Bern University of the Arts
  • Institute Institute Materiality in Art and Culture 
  • Research unit Material analyses
    Präventive Konservierung
  • BFH centre BFH Centre for Arts in Context
  • Funding organisation Innosuisse
  • Duration 01.07.2015 - 31.01.2017
  • Project management Thomas Becker
  • Head of project Thomas Becker


In a preparatory CTI feasibility study, we have now been able to demonstrate that this method also has great potential in the fields of conservation and restoration. Numerous applications have been proven, such as detecting delamination on a paint layer, laquer layer or polychrome surface. Furthermore, a measuring instrument has been developed for the practical application of this procedure on works of art and cultural assets.

Course of action

As part of the current CTI research project, this is to be further developed specifically to produce a simple-to-use measuring instrument that may be utilised by conservators.