A Comparative Study on the Exterior Qualities of Blue Brick in Traditional Residences Based on Material Testing

Yansong Wang, Xue Liu

Ekoloji, 2018, Issue 106, Pages: 141-147, Article No: e106013


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Jinxi County in Jiangxi Province and Yangxin County in Hubei Province enjoy similar physical geographic conditions, and boast existing traditional residences that primarily date back to the Qing Dynasty. Moreover, the structures’ external wall material primarily uses blue brick. However, the exterior quality of the blue brick used for traditional residences in both areas have distinct differences. By conducting electronic micro-analysis and x-ray diffraction analysis testing of samples of blue brick from both sites, comparative analysis of the differences in the blue bricks’ elemental composition and microstructure was carried out. The results showed that the samples have differences in fusion degree of the microstructure of crystalline grain, uniformity degree of the distribution of various element content, and contents of TiO2 and Ca0, leading discrepancies in the degree of smoothness of the surface, the uniformity of color, and the variation in color of the blue brick.


electronic micro-analysis, X-ray diffraction, traditional residences, blue brick, exterior quality


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