Journal of the Australian Ceramic Society, vol.51, no.1, pp.1-7, 2015 (SCI-Expanded)
© Copyright 2015, The Australian Ceramic Society.The aim of this work is to search the usage of magnesite host rocks from the magnesite deposits of Eskişehir (Turkey) as a raw material in wall tile body. Two different magnesite host rock samples were characterized and added to body recipe in an increasing amount (2-10 %wt.) partially replaced with marble. All samples were sintered in an industrial type fast firing wall tile roller kiln at firing temperature and cycle of 1147°C for 34 minute. The flexural strength, linear shrinkage and water absorption values of wall tiles were measured. The vitrification behaviour of wall tile bodies was evaluated using an optical non-contact dilatometer. As a result of this study, it has been shown that small quantities of magnesite host rocks can be utilized as alternative raw materials for production of wall tile.