Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

Engineering properties of Turkish travertines

Y. ErdoÄŸan      
Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mustafa Kemal University, 31200 Ä°skenderun, Hatay-Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 August 2011
  •  Published: 30 September 2011


The usage of Turkish travertines is becoming increasingly popular as a natural building and facing stone in construction and engineering sector all over the world. Chemical, physical and mechanical properties of travertine play an important role on deciding their application area as a construction stone. In this study, the travertine samples were obtained from 15 different provinces and 23 different quarries in the nationwide perspective part of Turkey. Petrographical properties, chemical properties, physical properties and mechanical properties of travertine were determined according to ISRM and Turkish standards. After testing the results were compared in light of Turkish standards for industrial usage.


Key words: Turkish travertines, physical properties, mechanical properties, Bohme abrasion.