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Master's degree thesis - Scientific methods for conservation of cultural heritage


Jun 5, 2012   #1
Hello! I'm Ilaria, I'm new here. I'm finishing my last year of master's degree and now I have to face my thesis, my english thesis.

English is not my first language, actually Italian it is.

I spent 3 weeks in Nepal in February to study a temple dedicated to Maya Devi (mother of Buddha).
I'm starting to writing my thesis and I really need some help for the scientific words and the meaning of all sentences.
Furthermore, I would like to express everything in a pleasant way so as not to burden the reading.

Thank you in advance.
Gimme advices please!

I hope to receive some replies.

Ilaria

This is a small piece of my first chapter.

1. Materials and methods
Water Adsorption by Total immersion
First of all, this methodology describe the amount of adsorbed water by a material through the total immersion of specimens in distilled water at standard condition for temperature and pressure.

Samples were dried into a stove at 60°C for thirty minutes and cooled into drier with blue silica gel. The choice of this temperature is owed to need to do not cause alterations of materials used for treatments on the samples.

After drying process, samples were weighed to obtain their initial dry weight and put into labelled beaker. Distilled water was poured slowly into the beakers until specimens were completely immersed and covered of water.

Specimens were removed from water and wiped out any traces of water with damp cloth and weighed. After each weight, samples were immersed again into water and the procedure was repeated until reaching of constant mass of samples.

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Jun 7, 2012   #2
Hi,

I think you should also explain the standard condition in more detail.

dried into a stove at the temperature of 60°C

cooled into drier with blue silica gel. --> u should mention the rate of cooling. For this purpose you can add an adverb such as "rapidly" or "gradually" to the sentence.

The choice of this temperature is owed to need to do not cause alterations of materials used for treatments on the samples. --> this sentence is confusing. I suggest u this one :"This temperature was chosen because through which the materials' xxxx properties (mention which properties. eg . chemical and physical) used for treating the samples could keep intact."

After drying process, samples were weighed to obtain their initial dry weight and were put into labelled beakersthereafter. .

Distilled water was slowly poured slowly into the beakers until the specimens were completely immersed and covered ofwith water.

Specimens were removed from water and wiped out any traces of water with damp cloth and then weighed again.

After eachthe measurement of weight, samples were immersed again into water and weighedagain.and tT he weighing procedure was repeated untilso thatreaching of constantthe masses of the samples remained constant .

Regards
Ahmad


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