Standard Historical Last Updated: Aug 16, 2017
ASTM E303-93(1998)

Standard Test Method for Measuring Surface Frictional Properties Using the British Pendulum Tester


1.1 This test method covers the procedure for measuring surface frictional properties using the British Pendulum Skid Resistance Tester. 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 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.

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

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.03
Developed by Subcommittee: E17.23
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.1520/E0303-93R98
ICS Code: 17.040.20