ASTM F1914 - 18

    Standard Test Methods for Short-Term Indentation and Residual Indentation of Resilient Floor Covering

    Active Standard ASTM F1914 | Developed by Subcommittee: F06.20

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.04

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    Significance and Use

    11.1 The indentation and the residual indentation of resilient floor covering is important since the resistance and recovery from indentation reflects on the ability of the resilient floor covering to perform properly after installation.

    11.2 The indentation of a resilient floor covering shall be measured using a specified type of indentor, flat or spherical, under a specified load and time.

    11.3 The residual indentation of a resilient floor covering shall be measured after a specified recovery time.

    11.4 See Table 1 for detailed testing and conditioning requirements by products (specification) type.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers procedures to determine short-term indentation and residual indentation of resilient flooring, when subjected to concentrated loads.

    1.2 The test methods appear in the following order:




    Indentation by McBurney2 Test

    4 to 10

    Indentation and Residual Indentation

    11 to 15

    1.3 There are two procedures with their respective apparatus. The first (McBurney Test) is described in Sections 4 to 10 and is restricted to a spherical foot. It is only used for initial indentation measurements of VCT. The second is described in Sections 11 to 15 and has interchangeable feet with variable geometry. It is used to measure initial and residual indentation.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    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

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E2251 Specification for Liquid-in-Glass ASTM Thermometers with Low-Hazard Precision Liquids

    F141 Terminology Relating to Resilient Floor Coverings

    F1066 Specification for Vinyl Composition Floor Tile

    F1303 Specification for Sheet Vinyl Floor Covering with Backing

    F1700 Specification for Solid Vinyl Floor Tile

    F1913 Specification for Vinyl Sheet Floor Covering Without Backing

    F2982 Specification for Polyester Composition Floor Tile

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.150 (Non-textile floor coverings)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 52100000(Floor coverings)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F1914-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM F1914-18, Standard Test Methods for Short-Term Indentation and Residual Indentation of Resilient Floor Covering, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018,

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