Work Item
ASTM WK75714

New Practice for Walkway Tribometer Supplier Creation of Interlaboratory Study Reports and Test Procedures

1. Scope

To develop consensus standard test methods, specifications, guidelines, practices, definitions, criteria, and nomenclature for pedestrian safety for the fit and function of footwear in relation to interfaces, walking surfaces, and devices used for the evaluation of pedestrian traction. This Committee will encourage research in this field.

The work of this Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM committees and other organizations having mutual interests.

Keywords

coefficient of friction; COF; slip resistance; slip resistant; available friction

Rationale

ASTM regulations preclude reference (in a Standard) to patented or otherwise proprietary test apparatus where alternatives exist. While a proprietary apparatus may be mentioned in the Test Methods Research Report, this would prevent the Test Method from being a standalone document containing all information necessary for testing. As such, a standalone Test Method could only be for a non-proprietary apparatus design, with this design expressed in terms of physical characteristics and performance specifications sufficient to enable the reader to fabricate their own identical copy of the design. Further, to achieve consensus approval and publication of such a Test Method, it could be considered necessary that ILS results for this design include data from devices made by different entities. However, typical walkway tribometer designs (versus other types of test apparatus) are sufficiently complex that full documentation of all performance-affecting physical characteristics (sufficient that a reader could build one) may be impractical. In general, each different tribometer design may have advantages and disadvantages for testing different surfaces, and this Practice provides a rigorous, transparent, and standardized structure for creating tribometer test procedures and interlaboratory study reports that would comply with the requirements for ASTM Test Methods, were it practical to create such Test Methods.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

Details

Developed by Subcommittee: F13.10

Committee: F13

Staff Manager: Travis Murdock

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 02-02-2021

Technical Contact: JOHN LEFFLER

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Ballot: F13 (21-02)

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Ballot: F13 (21-02)

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Ballot: F13.10 (21-01)

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Ballot: F13 (21-02)

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Ballot: COS (22-01)

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Ballot: F13 (21-02)

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