Loughborough University research shows weathering more significant than brushing in synthetic pitch wear

A study by Loughborough University at the Sports Technology Institute has found that the levels of wear caused by brushes to maintain synthetic sports surfaces were insignificant.

The study, commissioned by Technical Surfaces, challenges preconceptions regarding artificial turf maintenance.

The objective of the investigation, conducted by Loughborough's Dr Paul Fleming, was to determine the impact of routine maintenance on the wear and quality of synthetic turf.

This was assessed by replicating, in laboratory conditions, the mechanical rotating brushes used on synthetic sports facilities, to measure the wear over a number of cycles of brushing on a series of carpet systems.

Dr Fleming said:  "The summary results clearly show a low level of wear that was observed to be caused by the brushing alone.  The life of 20 years was used to represent a period of time longer than most artificial surfaces survive in practice. In reality, the effects of surface usage for playing the sport or training [total weekly hours at Loughborough University for example, is around 50-60 per week on the soccer/rugby surfaces] and environmental effects are considered to be the main contributions to wear."

For more information contact Technical Surfaces on 08702 400700 or visit www.technicalsurfaces.co.uk.


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