Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 2014, 2, 316-322
Published Online May 2014 in SciRes. http://www.scirp.org/journal/jamp
How to cite this paper: Bicer, Y., Devecioglu, A. and Tunc, D. (2014) Numerical and Experimental Investigation on Physical
Properties of Some Stones Existing in Several Regions of Turkey. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 2, 316-322.
Numerical and Experimental Investigation
on Physical Properties of Some Stones
Existing in Several Regions of Turkey
Y. Bicer1, A. Devecioglu2, D. Tunc1
1Department of Mechanical Engineering, Firat University, Elazig, Tu rk ey
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dicle Universitry, Diyabakir, Turkey
Received N ove mber 20 13
Some of natural stones, which have various physical properties, are being used as building mate-
rials all over the world for ages. Although, it is sometimes by the reason of necessity, mostly the
stone buildings have been preferred, because it is accepted as an indication of prosperity. In fact,
the heat and mechanical features of these stones in relation to the seasonal comfort conditions
have not been searched yet. In present study, some of physical properties of some stones existing
in Eastern Turkey are held under microscope. A numerical analysis has been performed by using
ANSYS software, which uses finite element methodology. By numerical method, it is aimed to show
the transient heat transfer from the stones when they are used as a building material in a selected
region in Turkey. Only winter case has been handled to show the usability of each stone.
Building M at erials, Stones, Thermal Characteristics, ANSYS
Rock structures (stones) have existed for as long as history can recall. It is the longest lasting building material
available, and is usually readily available. There are many types of rock throughout the world, all with differing
attributes that make them better or worse for particular uses. Rock is a very dense material so it gives a lot of
protection too; its main drawback as a material is its weight and awkwardness. Its energy density is also consi-
dered a big drawback, as stone is hard to keep warm without using large amounts of heating resources. Dry-
stone walls have been built for as long as humans have put one stone on top of another. Eventually, different
forms of mortar were used to hold the stones together, cement being the most commonplace now .
The Anatolia (Asian part of Turkey) hosts various kinds of natural stones which have been used in building as
construction material by several civilizations from long in the past until more recently. Some of the buildings
formed by those stones are big and significant buildings and their artistic, cultural and aesthetical features are
quite attention-grabbing. The stones used in most of these buildings have been searched from the view point of
civil engineers, or geologists. Some of them are listed following.
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Freeze-thaw test was conducted by Bayram  for determining the deteriorations of stones due to freeze-thaw
cycling. Freeze-thaw tests were applied on nine limestone samples selected from different cold regions of Tur-
key. Ozcelik  searched suitable and unsuitable rocks from the region Cubuk (near to the capital city Ankara)
for being facing and building stone, according to the TSE standards . The quality and material properties of
Denizli travertine as a natural building stone was investigated by Celik et al. . Physical, mechanical, mi-
cro-structural and macro-structural properties of the travertine samples were evaluated within the scope of stone
quality assessment .
Bicer et al. had searched the usage area of some stones from different regions of Turkey such as Mardin ,
Firat basin  and Cukurova . They performed some tests to find out the availability of the stones in the con-
struction. Korkanc  determined the engineering properties and deterioration of the stones widely used in the
different historical buildings in the Nigde region that forms the southern boundary of Cappadocia.
Zedef et al.  investigated the chemical and physical properties of the volcanic rocks used as building stones
in historical places and monuments. Yavuz  worked on the Alacati (in Izmir: western Turkey) tuff which has
been used extensively as a source of building stone for outdoor and indoor decorations since the historical times
in and around the tourist town of Alaca ti.
In present study, some physical properties of four kinds of stones existing in Eastern Turkey are held under
microscope in detail. Some previously done measurements such as heat conductivity, heat capacity, water ab-
sorption, respiration and mechanical strength are used to conduct a numerical analysis. By this numerical me-
thod, which is carried out by use of Finite Element methodology, it is aimed to show the transient heat transfer
from the stones when they are used as a building material in a selected region in Turkey.
2. Properties of Natural Stones
Natural stones from Karakocan, Karacadag, Yesilyurt and Nemrut are generally used as building materials for
construction and decoration. Determining the mechanical and thermal properties of stones is important subject
because the economic life in the source of those stones is quite bad. The cost of the stones is satisfactory, com-
paratively to the well-known concretes.
The origin source of these stones is Eastern Turkey. In Eastern Turkey especially the buildings in the villages,
in which people afford to build their houses by themselves, those stones are preferred. In Figure 1, Turkey map
is given to show the sources of the stones. The Karacadag stone is found in Diyarbakir, Karakocan stone in
Elazig, Yesilyurt stone in Malatya, and Nemrut stone in Adiyaman.
Figure 1. Sources of the stones.
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Karacadag stone is a magmatic extrusive volcanic stone, which is in the basalt group and black in color. It
can be found in Diyarbakir and around. It is a hard stone (6 - 7 mohs), and not easy to be shaped. It was used in
the construction of old rampart, and still being used in the villages and suburbs.
Yesilyurt stone is usually found in Malatya, it is a sandstone, and can be classified in the sedimentary rock
group. It can be hardened with the fire. Hence it is commonly used in the construction of stone ovens.
Karakocan stone is the organic volcanic stone. The degree of the hardness of this stone is nearly 3 - 4 mohs. It
can be easily shaped. It is especially used in the masonry buildings. It can absorb the water even after heated in
the oven. If it can be protected from the external chemical effects, its usage area can be enlarged. It can be
drilled, nailed and sculpted. These benefits make the stone attractive for the users.
Nemrut stone is the whitish limestone. It can be found at Nem rut Mountain. It can be easily shaped, drilled,
cut, and nailed. It is inexpensive and so preferred in many buildings. Photos of each stone are presented in Fig-
The chemical analysis of each stone is given in Table 1. As seen clearly, the highest amount of element in the
stone is SiO2, regardless what the stone is. But the highest SiO2 amount is found in Yesilyurt stone.
The mechanical properties, such as compressive strength, tension strength, absorption of the water and the
abrasion is listed in Table 2. Karacadag stone has a very high compressive strength and tension strength com-
paratively to the other stones.
Figure 2. Photos of the stones.
Table 1. Chemical analysis of the stones (%) .
SiO2 Al2O3 Fe2O3 CaO MgO Loss Unkn own
Karacadag 47.24 15.30 4.70 13.04 3.74 13.58 2.40
Karakocan 69.46 12.77 2.1 6.10 1.33 5.66 2.58
Nemrut 47.20 19.15 15.30 11.17 5.35 - 1.83
Yesilyurt 71.42 13.5 6.0 - - 5.13 2.46
Table 2. Mechanical properties of the stones .
Compressive strength (N∙mm−2) Tension strength (N∙mm−2) Absorption of water (%) Abrasion (%)
Karacadag 110 9.1 0.31 1.8
Karakocan 8.2 0.9 17.5 4.9
Nemrut 10.2 1 17 5.1
Yesilyurt 11.1 1.15 8.6 13.1
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The thermo physical properties of the stones which have been found by some tests buy the co-author (Bicer,
Y.) of this paper is exhibited in Table 3. Table 3 also includes the properties of commonly used stones for
comparison. As seen from the tables, Nemrut stone has the highest heat diffusion, Karacadag has the highest
density and thermal conductivity. Furthermore, the specific heat is nearly close for all stones.
3. Numerical Analysis
In this section, the stones of which thermo physical and mechanical properties are mentioned in previous section
are analyzed. The transient heat transfer analysis is performed by using ANSYS Thermal software. The solution
domain with boundary layers is illustrated in Figure 3.
The winter weather condition in a certain place (Elazig) is assumed for the analysis. The outdoor temperature
is considered to be −10˚C while the indoor temperature is kept 22˚C. The heat transfer coefficients respectively
for outdoor and indoor air are 25 and 10 Wm−2∙K−1. The thermal properties of the cement used in the stones
connection, such as density, specific heat and thermal conductivity is ignored and the properties of the stones are
assumed in the analysis.
The transient heat transfer analysis is carried out in this analysis. It is desired to show how the stones react
when they are subjected to a cold weather, i.e. −10˚C. In general, the steady state conditions are handled in such
problems. However, we would like to see the difference between the stones’ behavior, especially when a sudden
temperature decrease is occurred. The first 12 hours are held under microscope in this analysis.
The temperature results are shown with contour plots in Figure 4. As seen from the plots, general distribution is
nearly same for all stones. When Figure 5 is considered, the differences in values can be seen clearly. The low-
est temperature at the last time step, —12 hr— is found in the case of Karacadag stone. Also it is seen from the
figure that, the other three stones have no significant difference. Figure 6 shows the temperature versus time
Figure 3. Solution domain and the boundary layer.
Table 3. Thermo physical properties of the stones.
Karacadag 1.630 1128 4.988 2900
Karakocan 0.440 1027 3.360 1280
Nemrut 0.800 943 6.100 1400
Yesilyurt 1.18 1088 5.727 1900
Concrete  0.814 879 4.9 1906
Granite  1.73 - 3.98 816 8 - 18.3 2643
Lime stone  1.26 908 5.68 2483
Sand stone  1.63 - 2.08 712 10.6 - 12.7 2163 - 2307
Marble  2.77 808 3.94 2499 - 2707
Brick  0.692 837 5.16 1602
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Figure 4. Contour plot temperature of all stones at the last time step (12 hr). (a) Karakocan; (b) Ne mru t; (c)
Yesilyurt; (d) Kar acadag.
graphs for all stones at a selected node (center of the wall, x = 59 cm). The temperature differences can easily be
seen in this graph. Nemrut stone has the highest temperature at the selected node during the considered period of
time. Then Yesilyurt, Karakocan and Karacadag stones come in order. It is also observed from the graph that,
there is no quite difference between the temperatures in the first two hours. The temperatures are changing after
t = 2 hr.
This paper shows the heat transfer behavior of some natural stones in the first 12 hours. It is important to see the
reaction of the stones to the temperature changings especially if they are used as the building material. Hence the
transient heat transfer analysis is performed to see the temperature characteristics of the stones during a limited
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Figure 5. Temperature distribution along the axial distance of the wall at the
last time step (12 hr).
Figure 6. Temperature distribution versus time at the center of the wall.
time period. It is shown that Nemrut stone can reach to the highest temperature, whilst the Karacadag stone
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