Volume 40, Issue 6 (November 2012)
Determining Performance of Marble Finished Products on Their Usage Areas by a New Impact-Resistance Test Method
This study determined the performances of marble finished products, in accordance with their applications within the construction sector, using a new, experimental impact-resistance test. Eight different kinds of marbles, which were categorized according to their commonly used formations, were subjected to a range of characterization tests (mineralogical and petrographic characteristics, chemical properties, and physical and mechanical properties) and their impact-resistance characteristics were determined. The results were analyzed statistically to determine the relationship between physical and mechanical properties of the marbles and their impact-resistance characteristics. The breaking potential of the marbles were categorized according to the number of impacts and impact-resistance values. The performance of the marble types within their areas of application were determined by taking into consideration the Turkish Standards Institution (TS EN) guidance and statistical analysis results, and classifying the marbles based on their physical and mechanical properties and impact resistances.