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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 348195, 10 pages
Research Article

Exposure Factors Influence Stone Deterioration by Crystallization of Soluble Salts

1Departmento de Mecánica de los Medios Continuos y Teoría de Estructuras, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera, s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain
2Departmento de Construcciones Arquitectónicas, Universitat Politècnica de València, Camino de Vera, s/n, 46022 Valencia, Spain

Received 13 March 2015; Accepted 20 March 2015

Academic Editor: João M. P. Q. Delgado

Copyright © 2015 Enrique Gil et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present work tries to determine the factors that influence the crystallization of soluble salts in the stone material used in the construction of buildings in Valencia (Spain). Samples are obtained from a building which has served to accomplish observations and laboratory experiments necessary in order to determine the pathology of deterioration of the material. It was particularized in the exposition conditions of the material as a base for determining the morphologies of deterioration caused by salts in the same lithotype. The main contribution is the petrological study from the architectural point of view considering its orientation, sunlight in façade, and so forth. This study proves that both material petrology (its mineralogy and texture) and the properties related to the movement of water inside rocks play a decisive role in the conservation and development of elements in the alteration.