Proceedings of the 8th Conference and Exhibition of the European Ceramic Society, İstanbul, Turkey, 29 June - 03 July 2003, vol.264-268, pp.2429-2432
Within the scope of determining new possible application fields of waste materials albite flotation wastes, being ore treatment outcome, of Aydin Cine region of Turkey, where very rich feldspar deposits are available, have been incorporated into stoneware, soft porcelain bodies and their glaze compositions in previously done studies confirming their usage in the relevant systems. Since the amount of these wastes increases during the albite ore treatment stage, recycling them at a possible highest rate is an effort of appreciation in many valuable ways. Therefore, they were added into floor tile body compositions replacing Na-feldspar at certain proportions in this study. Mechanical strength, water absorption, shrinkage-expansion tendencies and colour variation of the tiles single fired under industrial working conditions were determined. As a result, it was concluded that albite flotation wastes could replace feldspar content in floor tile bodies without leading undesired consequences.