01/29/2013 Leave a comment
Introduction to this blog
Hello everybody. My name is Victor Cárdenes Van den Eynde, geologist with a PhD in roofing slate. I started working at the slate industry in Galicia at the beginning of 2000, soon after finishing my career at the University Complutense of Madrid. After 4 years working in the private sector, I changed the Slate Technology Center Foundation, a division of the Galician Association of Slate Producers. I worked there for two years, developing various projects related to the improvement of production and the inhibition of the oxidation of iron sulfides in roofing slates. After these two years, I moved to Oviedo, where I worked as a researcher for various projects about weatherability and petrophysics of different varieties of building rocks at the University of Oviedo. During this time, I finished a Master in Geological and Geotechnical Resources (2010) and a Ph.D. in roofing slate (2012), which had already started years ago at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Currently I work in research on petrophysics and weatherability of building rocks.
The purpose of this blog is to expose the results of my work to the public, since the scientific journals only reach the scientific community, but not the industry and customers of the building stones, which after all are the most interested in the applications of the research. In next posts I will write about different topics such as the color of the slates, the characteristics pathologies (oxidation and yesificación) and their possible solutions, the mechanical behavior during freeze-thaw cycles, the petrographic features of the different types of slates, the methods for restoration of monuments and historic buildings, and many other topics.
I hope you find the information you are looking for.