Nota técnica: Ceramic materials with improved thermal comfort
Apdo.1. 3754-001 Barrô, Águeda (Portugal)
CENTI – CENTRE FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY AND SMART MATERIALS
Rua Fernando Mesquita, 2785. 4760-085 Vila Nova de Famalicão (Portugal)
This work is part of an applied R&D project co-financed under PT2020 program, with Revigrés as promoter and CeNTI as co-partner. The project envisages the development of ceramic tiles with improved thermal comfort.
Ceramic tiles are widely used for flooring applications due to their technical characteristics. The main advantages of ceramic tiles comparatively with wood or cork tiles are the resistance to scratching and abrasion, water resistance, durability, among other properties. However, ceramic tiles are commonly considered as “cold flooring” when applied in indoor environments, and as “hot flooring” in outdoor environments. Therefore, the main goal of this work was to improve the thermal comfort of ceramic tiles, by means of surface modification for decreasing the thermal conductivity of ceramic tiles for indoor application and for increasing the surface reflectivity of ceramic tiles for outdoor application.