||ASTM Offers Acoustic Test for Manufacturers of Playing Surfaces
Sports surfaces are performance-tested by acoustically measuring
ball-to-surface impact. Lacking a standard acoustic test for sports
surfaces, North American manufacturers use European standards
that may not meet western requirements, according to research
engineer Paul W. Elliott, Robbins Sports Surfaces, Cincinnati,
Ohio. Not all marketplaces use their floor in the same manner
as the European countries, and European standards are not necessarily
appropriate to the requirements of all markets, especially North
America, he explained.
Bridging this gap, ASTM released F 2117, Standard Test Method for Vertical Rebound Characteristics of
Sports Surface/Ball Systems; Acoustical Measurement.
The new test was approved June 10 by ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. It was developed by a task
group of testing specialists and manufacturers of natural or synthetic
turf, gym flooring, and other sports surfaces. Elliott, who chaired
the task group, said the standard may be used to:
Provide a basis for scientific evaluation of damaged surfaces
such as a flooded gymnasium;
Justify or suggest the extent of repair procedures through the
degree of performance difference or deterioration;
Accommodate manufacturers seeking to promote their systems
Document damage caused by environmental conditions (flooding,
humidity, or drought);
Justify manufacturers repair or replacement suggestions; or
Specify field testing to ensure performance compliance with
Comments may be directed to Paul W. Elliott, Robbins Sports Surfaces, Cincinnati, Ohio (phone: 513/871-8988).
Committee F08 meets Nov. 6-9 in Dallas, Texas. For meeting or
membership details, contact Jim Olshefsky, manager, ASTM Technical Committee Operations (phone: 610/832-9714).
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