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ISRN Ceramics
Volume 2011, Article ID 548129, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2011/548129
Research Article

Relationship between Surface Abrasion Wear and Brightness in Glazed Porcelainized Stoneware Tiles

1Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering (PPGCEM), Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense (UNESC), Avendia Universitária 1105, P.O. Box 3167, 88806-000 Criciúma, SC, Brazil
2Graduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering (PGMAT), Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Campus Universitário, P.O. Box 476, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC, Brazil

Received 7 June 2011; Accepted 12 July 2011

Academic Editors: Y.-C. Liou and M. F. Zawrah

Copyright © 2011 Oscar Rubem Klegues Montedo and Antonio Pedro Novaes de Oliveira. 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.

Abstract

This paper reports the results of a research work whose main objective is related to the development of a technical solution that takes into account the relationship between the surface abrasion wear resistance and brightness of glazed ceramic tile products. Thus, glazes formulated from a glass-ceramic composition belonging to the LZSA system reinforced with crystalline particles of zircon were prepared and characterized with respect to their scratching and surface abrasion wear resistances and brightness. In this context, a bright (71.2 UB) porcelainized stoneware ceramic tile with high scratching resistance (9 Mohs), high surface abrasion wear resistance (PEI 5), and good staining resistance (Class 4) was obtained.