Translucent marbles for building envelope applications: Weathering effects on surface lightness and finishing when exposed to simulated acid rain

Federica Rosso, Weihua Jin, Anna Laura Pisello, Marco Ferrero, Masoud Ghandehari

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Marble thin panels are widely used for external building envelope application, due to their original light transparency effects during day-time and night-time. Considering their application in polluted environments and the interaction with aggressive agents, the aesthetical characteristics of this element could be compromised by degradation processes. To investigate such changes, experimental ageing test analyzing the effects of acid rain aggression on different marble samples is carried out in this research. Marbles' reactions are studied in terms of: lightness, gloss, and Distinctness Of Image. The main findings demonstrate how the acids hugely degrade both the marble typologies and quantify the modifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-153
Number of pages8
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016



  • Acid rain degradation
  • Building envelope
  • Distinctness Of Image
  • Gloss
  • Lightness
  • Polluted environment
  • Thin marble
  • Translucent marble
  • Urban pollution
  • White marble

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)

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