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Significance and Use
4.1 This test method provides a measure of a frictional property, microtexture, of surfaces, either in the field or in the laboratory.
4.2 This test method may be used to determine the relative effects of various polishing processes on materials or material combinations.
4.3 The values measured in accordance with this method do not necessarily agree or directly correlate with those obtained utilizing other methods of determining friction properties or skid resistance.
1.1 This test method covers the procedure for measuring surface frictional properties using the British Pendulum Skid Resistance Tester.2 A method for calibration of the tester is included in the Annex.
1.2 The British Pendulum Tester is a dynamic pendulum impact-type tester used to measure the energy loss when a rubber slider edge is propelled over a test surface. The tester is suited for laboratory as well as field tests on flat surfaces, and for polish value measurements on curved laboratory specimens from accelerated polishing-wheel tests.
1.3 The values measured, BPN = British Pendulum (Tester) Number for flat surfaces and polish values for accelerated polishing-wheel specimens, represent the frictional properties obtained with the apparatus and the procedures stated herein and do not necessarily agree or correlate with other slipperiness measuring equipment.
1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E501 Specification for Rib Tire for Pavement Skid-Resistance Tests
ICS Number Code 17.040.20 (Properties of surfaces)
ASTM E303-93(2013), Standard Test Method for Measuring Surface Frictional Properties Using the British Pendulum Tester, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.orgBack to Top