Active Standard ASTM F2376 | Developed by Subcommittee: F24.70
Book of Standards Volume: 15.07
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Significance and Use
Flume Material—Any material that has the following basic properties and that meets all other requirements of this practice may be used to construct water slides.
Flumes riding surfaces shall be constructed to be smooth.
Flume material shall be demonstrated as strong enough to support specified loads as defined in Section 7.
Flume components, maintained using the manufacturer’s instructions, shall not deteriorate over time in such a way that a hazard will develop.
Support Materials—Any material that has the following basic properties and that meets all other requirements of this practice may be used to construct water slide supports.
Supports for water slides shall be constructed from durable materials such as wood, metal, concrete, or engineered composites.
Supports for water slides from metal shall be either inherently corrosion resistant, or be finished in such a way as to provide protection from corrosion.
Wood materials shall be finished in such a way to provide protection against deterioration.
Support material shall be demonstrated as strong enough to support specified loads as defined in Section 6.
Supports shall be constructed to accommodate regular inspection and maintenance for structural integrity, material deterioration, or corrosion, or a combination thereof.
1.1 This practice applies to the classification, design, manufacture, construction, and operation of water slide systems. Water slide systems shall be defined as rides intended for use by riders in bathing attire where the action of the ride involves possible and purposeful immersion of the rider's body either in whole or in part in water, and uses circulating water to mobilize or lubricate the rider’s transportation along a purpose built path. This includes slides used with or without vehicles as defined below. The terms water slides, waterslides, and slides shall be considered equivalent when used in this practice.
1.2 For the purposes of this practice, a water slide system includes:
1.2.1 The flume,
1.2.2 The water-circulation system,
1.2.3 The starting platform with associated means of access and egress,
1.2.4 The structural supports,
1.2.5 Vehicles or other aquatic accessories that are part of the water slide as defined by the manufacturer, and
1.2.6 Means of slide termination.
1.3 This practice shall not apply to:
1.3.1 Any water slides installed in private residences,
1.3.2 Water flume amusement rides where contact with water is merely incidental (for example, log flume rides, shoot-the-chutes),
1.3.3 Amusement rides and devices whose design criteria are specifically addressed in another ASTM standard,
1.3.4 Lazy river type attractions operating at constant elevation, constructed in the ground, and
1.4 Pre-existing designs manufactured after the effective date of publication of this practice if the design is service proven or previously compliant, as defined in Section 3.1.26 of Practice F 2291
1.4.1 A historical summary of the water slide, or major modification as defined in Terminology F 747
1.4.2 A statement that the design is service proven or previously compliant. Water slides and major modifications to water slides may qualify as previously compliant for five years following the date of publication of this practice. Thereafter, water slides and major modifications to water slides must qualify as service proven or meet the requirements of this practice.
1.4.3 Service proven or previously compliant designs shall comply with Section 8.
1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.
Note 1—The conversion factor from inch-pound to metric units is 1 in. = 25.4 mm, and 1 lb = 4.4482 N.
1.6 This practice includes an Appendix, which provides additional information to enhance the user's understanding of and application of the criteria presented in this practice, for example, rationale, background, drawings, interpretation, or commentary. The information in the Appendix shall not be considered a mandatory part of this practice.
1.7 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.
D570 Test Method for Water Absorption of Plastics
D638 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Plastics
D790 Test Methods for Flexural Properties of Unreinforced and Reinforced Plastics and Electrical Insulating Materials
F698 Specification for Physical Information to be Provided for Amusement Rides and Devices
F747 Terminology Relating to Amusement Rides and Devices
F770 Practice for Ownership, Operation, Maintenance, and Inspection of Amusement Rides and Devices
F846 Guide for Testing Performance of Amusement Rides and Devices
F853 Practice for Maintenance Procedures for Amusement Rides and Devices
F893 Guide for Auditing Amusement Rides and Devices
F1193 Practice for Quality, Manufacture, and Construction of Amusement Rides and Devices
F1305 Guide for Classification of Amusement Ride and Device Related Injuries and Illnesses
F2291 Practice for Design of Amusement Rides and Devices
ACI StandardACI-318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete
ASCE StandardANSI/ASCE7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures
USDA DocumentUSDA-72 The Wood Handbook
ICS Number Code 97.200.40 (Playgrounds); 97.220.99 (Other sports equipment and facilities)