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|Ana Sampaio, Miguel Gonçalves, Bruna Moura1, Andre Assembleia, Carla Silva, Miguel Ribeiro, Jose Silva, Hugo Costa and Pedro S Marcos|
|ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Material Sci Eng|
|Ceramic tiles are known for their intrinsic properties, such as high durability, water and chemical resistance and easy maintenance.
However, for applications in warm residential areas (e.g. living rooms, bedrooms), or sun-exposed areas (e.g. areas surrounding
pools), users generally choose materials with improved performance in terms of thermal comfort, such as wood tiles. Bearing in
mind this limitation, CeNTI and Revigrés joined forces to improve the performance of ceramic tiles at the thermal comfort level,
with the main objective of combining technical properties, design and comfort. The work and developments carried out in the
scope of Revifeel Plus project allowed to improve the ceramic tiles thermal comfort performance (temperature, sensation to the
touch) suitable for flooring applications, namely for indoor (REVIFEEL WARMUP and REVIFEEL HEATSYSTEM) and outdoor
applications (REVIFEEL COOLDOWN). From the project developments, three distinct and complementary technological solutions
• REVIFEEL WARMUP: Ceramic floor tiles with an innovative surface treatment that reduces the sensation of cold to the touch in indoor residential applications.
• REVIFEEL COOLDOWN: Ceramic tiles with IR-reflective properties resulting from the direct additivation of ceramic raw materials during the tiles production. This technological solution aims to eliminate the sensation of excessive heat given off by ceramic surfaces due to exposure to solar radiation.
• REVIFEEL HEATSYSTEM: Ceramic tiles with an integrated heating system, a solution that is highly efficient, easy to install and maintain.
Ana Sampaio holds a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP). Currently, she is working as Researcher of the Polymers Team in main area of Functional Materials and Solutions at CeNTI. Her work has focused on the research and development of new functional materials (thermal management and thermal comfort; liquid and stain repellence; cleanability; waterproof, breathability and moisture management; scratch and abrasion resistance; anti-UV and IR-reflective properties; among others) for application in different areas and industries. She has skills and expertise in development of surface treatments, polymeric composites and multilayer structures, as well as in several coating technologies, including ultrasonic deposition and UV-curing.
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