Special Issue "Ceramic Tiles Production and Consumption"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Related Special Issue: Ceramic Tiles Production and Consumption II

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Prof. Dr. Juan B. Carda Castelló
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Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Department. University Jaume I-Castellón, 12071 Castelló de la Plana, Castelló, Spain
Interests: ceramic and glass ceramic materials, development of new properties in ceramic materials; study of synthesis methods and processing of ceramic materials; Improvements in ceramic tiles industry; development of photovoltaic tiles for their architectural integration (BIPV)
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Dear Colleagues,

The ceramic tile industry has achieved significant global development in recent decades, both in its volume of production and in its manufacturing technology, as well as in the high level of development achieved in the field of ceramic design.

The important challenges that it faces today include, first of all, the globalization of its markets, due to intense competition. Additionally, for manufacturing costs and environmental aspects (energy costs, consumption of raw materials of natural origin and water, and the environmental impact), which are integral to the automation of their processes (industry 4.0), savings of natural resources are due to the introduction of modern concepts of circular economy.

This Special Issue will deal with current production technology issues, as well as the new ceramic processes and the developments carried out in the face of the valorization of tiles and the search for new functionalities. In this sense, examples of these new functionalities will be proposed, such as bactericidal ceramic tiles; ceramic tiles for "air cleaning"; phosphorescent tiles; and tiles that provide warmth, such as so-called thermal tiles, among other functionalities.

A special chapter will be dedicated to photovoltaic tiles, which possess a capacity for architectural integration (BIPV).

It will also deal with other industrial sectors related to the productive industrial sector, such as ceramic paste preparation industries; ceramic rheological additives industries; and the industries of frits, enamels, and ceramic pigments, which are all constituents of the so-called ceramic cluster.

Prof. Dr. Juan B. Carda Castelló
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Keywords

  • ceramic tiles industry
  • ceramic production technology
  • ceramic glazes
  • frits
  • ceramic pigments
  • Industry 4.0
  • circular economy
  • new functionalities in ceramic tiles
  • photovoltaic tiles

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Disruptive Innovation in Traditional Clusters: The Case of the Kerajet Ceramic Tile Cluster in Spain
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(24), 5513; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9245513 - 14 Dec 2019
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Academic literature has often emphasized how firms in regional clusters exploit both place-specific local resources and external, world-class knowledge to strengthen their competitiveness by expanding the influence of regional systems of innovation. Innovation based on more complex and disruptive technologies tends to also [...] Read more.
Academic literature has often emphasized how firms in regional clusters exploit both place-specific local resources and external, world-class knowledge to strengthen their competitiveness by expanding the influence of regional systems of innovation. Innovation based on more complex and disruptive technologies tends to also be based on more open systems that utilize the clusters’ external networks. However, most of the literature has associated clusters with incremental innovation. This paper will analyze the determinants of disruptive innovation development in traditional (low and medium tech) clusters caused by high-tech entrepreneurs. It will analyze the case of the development of breakthrough innovation, its diffusion in the Spanish ceramic tile cluster, and its consequent diffusion in the industry worldwide. It will examine how market demands, customer orientation, technology diffusion from other industries, industry competitiveness, as well as internal and external networking of clusters can facilitate the development of complex technology within a common set of social capital goals, cognitive schemes, and knowledge. The paper is based on a case study and field work carried out over10 years in the field in the Italian and Spanish tile ceramic clusters. The main contribution of this paper to technology strategy theory will be thorough the utilization of the disruptive technology paradigm in explaining industry changes and sustainability. Full article
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Simultaneous PAN Carbonization and Ceramic Sintering for Fabricating Carbon Fiber-Ceramic Composite Heaters
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(22), 4945; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9224945 - 17 Nov 2019
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In this study, a single firing was used to convert stabilized polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fibers and ceramic forming materials (kaolin, feldspar, and quartz) into carbon fiber/ceramic composites. For the first time, PAN carbonization and ceramic sintering were achieved simultaneously in one thermal cycle and [...] Read more.
In this study, a single firing was used to convert stabilized polyacrylonitrile (PAN) fibers and ceramic forming materials (kaolin, feldspar, and quartz) into carbon fiber/ceramic composites. For the first time, PAN carbonization and ceramic sintering were achieved simultaneously in one thermal cycle and the microscopic morphologies and physical features of the obtained carbon fiber/ceramic composites were characterized in detail. The obtained carbon fiber/ceramic composite showed comparable flexural strength as commercial ceramic tiles. Meanwhile, the composite showed exceptional electro-thermal performance based on the electro-thermal performance of the carbonized PAN fibers, which could reach 108 ℃ after 15 s, 204 ℃ after 90 s, and 292 ℃ after 450 s at 5 V (2.6 A), thereby making the ceramic composite a good candidate as an indoor climate control heater, defogger device, kettle, and other heating element. Full article
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Different Paths to Achieve High Technological Innovation in Clustered Firms: An Analysis of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Industry
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(18), 3710; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9183710 - 06 Sep 2019
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This paper uncovers the different factors behind the high technological innovation performance of clustered firms. Moreover, we aim to investigate the necessary and sufficient conditions of factors to achieve innovative outcomes of clustered firms. This is done by analyzing the Spanish ceramic tile [...] Read more.
This paper uncovers the different factors behind the high technological innovation performance of clustered firms. Moreover, we aim to investigate the necessary and sufficient conditions of factors to achieve innovative outcomes of clustered firms. This is done by analyzing the Spanish ceramic tile cluster and using a configurational comparative method, namely, fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA). The results reveal the presence of equifinality, as there are diverse paths or combinations of factors that lead clustered firms to higher technological innovation performance. Additionally, early adoption of new technologies and a high absorptive capacity are included in most of the successful combinations of factors. Full article
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Thermal Time Constant of PV Roof Tiles Working under Different Conditions
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(8), 1626; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9081626 - 18 Apr 2019
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This paper presents different types of photovoltaic (PV) roof tiles integrating PV cells with roof covering. Selected elastic photovoltaic roof tiles were characterised for their material and electrical characteristics. Practical aspects of using PV roof tiles are discussed, alongside the benefits and drawbacks [...] Read more.
This paper presents different types of photovoltaic (PV) roof tiles integrating PV cells with roof covering. Selected elastic photovoltaic roof tiles were characterised for their material and electrical characteristics. Practical aspects of using PV roof tiles are discussed, alongside the benefits and drawbacks of their installation on the roof. Thermal resistance, heat transfer coefficient and thermal capacity were identified for elastic PV roof tiles and roof construction built of boards and PV roof tiles, according to valid standards and legal regulations. The resistance–capacity (RC) models of PV roof tiles and roofs are proposed according to the time constants identified for the analysed systems. The energy balance of the studied systems (PV roof tiles alone and the roof as a whole) is presented, based on which temperature changes in the PV cells of the roof tiles working under different environmental conditions were identified. The timing of PV cells’ temperature change obtained by material data and energy balance analyses were compared. The relationship between the temperature change times of PV cells and the thermal resistance and heat capacity of the whole system are demonstrated, alongside environmental parameters. Full article
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