ASTM F1551 - 09

    Standard Test Methods for Comprehensive Characterization of Synthetic Turf Playing Surfaces and Materials

    Active Standard ASTM F1551 | Developed by Subcommittee: F08.65

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.07


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    Significance and Use

    These test methods constitute a standard for obtaining data in research and development, quality control, acceptance and rejection under specifications, and for special purposes.

    The data obtained from use of these test methods are applicable to the system and its components under conditions of the particular test procedures and are not necessarily the same as the data that might be obtained in other environments or use conditions.

    The selection of test methods or tests should be limited to those appropriate to the system or material(s) being evaluated.

    1. Scope

    1.1 These test methods establish a recommended list from which suitable test methods shall be selected for the identification of physical property characteristics and comparison of the performance properties of synthetic turf systems or components for athletic and recreational uses, or both.

    1.2 Some of the test procedures are suitable only for the laboratory characterization of either components or the complete system; others are suitable for tests on installed sports fields; and some tests may be applied in both the laboratory and the field.

    1.3 The test procedures included in these test methods apply as a group to the description of synthetic turf playing surfaces.

    1.4 Some of the test procedures are specific for components of the synthetic turf system, and others apply to the complete synthetic turf playing surface.

    1.5 Reference to the methods for testing the synthetic turf playing surface and its components contained herein should state specifically the particular test or tests desired and not necessarily refer to these test methods as a whole.

    1.6 This is a physical property characterization standard, and it shall not be construed as a safety standard.

    1.7 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.8 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D395 Test Methods for Rubber Property--Compression Set

    D412 Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers--Tension

    D624 Test Method for Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers

    D792 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Plastics by Displacement

    D1335 Test Method for Tuft Bind of Pile Yarn Floor Coverings

    D1577 Test Methods for Linear Density of Textile Fibers

    D1667 Specification for Flexible Cellular Materials--Poly (Vinyl Chloride) Foam (Closed-Cell)

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D1876 Test Method for Peel Resistance of Adhesives (T-Peel Test)

    D1907 Test Method for Linear Density of Yarn (Yarn Number) by the Skein Method

    D2126 Test Method for Response of Rigid Cellular Plastics to Thermal and Humid Aging

    D2256 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Yarns by the Single-Strand Method

    D2859 Test Method for Ignition Characteristics of Finished Textile Floor Covering Materials

    D3218 Specification for Polyolefin Monofilaments

    D3574 Test Methods for Flexible Cellular Materials--Slab, Bonded, and Molded Urethane Foams

    D3575 Test Methods for Flexible Cellular Materials Made From Olefin Polymers

    D3936 Test Method for Resistance to Delamination of the Secondary Backing of Pile Yarn Floor Covering

    D4158 Guide for Abrasion Resistance of Textile Fabrics (Uniform Abrasion)

    D5034 Test Method for Breaking Strength and Elongation of Textile Fabrics (Grab Test)

    D5251 Practice for the Operation of the Tetrapod Walker Drum Tester

    D5644 Test Methods for Rubber Compounding Materials--Determination of Particle Size Distribution of Recycled Vulcanizate Particulate Rubber

    D5793 Test Method for Binding Sites per Unit Length or Width of Pile Yarn Floor Coverings

    D5823 Test Method for Tuft Height of Pile Floor Coverings

    D5848 Test Method for Mass Per Unit Area of Pile Yarn Floor Coverings

    D7138 Test Method to Determine Melting Temperature of Synthetic Fibers

    E648 Test Method for Critical Radiant Flux of Floor-Covering Systems Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source

    F355 Test Method for Impact Attenuation of Playing Surface Systems and Materials

    F1015 Test Method for Relative Abrasiveness of Synthetic Turf Playing Surfaces

    F1632 Test Method for Particle Size Analysis and Sand Shape Grading of Golf Course Putting Green and Sports Field Rootzone Mixes

    F1936 Specification for Impact Attenuation of Turf Playing Systems as Measured in the Field

    F2117 Test Method for Vertical Rebound Characteristics of Sports Surface/Ball Systems; Acoustical Measurement

    F2333 Test Method for Traction Characteristics of the Athletic Shoe-Sports Surface Interface


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.220.10 (Sports facilities)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1551-09

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