A four-year engineering doctorate – ‘Artificial Turf: Integrating Maintenance and Sport Surface Science’ – will aim to evaluate the conventional practices in artificial sports turf maintenance.
It will include analysis of the degradation and loss of performance of sand-filled and dressed third-generation surfaces, and look at the benefits and limitations of maintenance on the rates of degradation. It is hoped the research will improve maintenance practices for the sports turf industry as a whole.
"There are still gaps in knowledge within the industry, and as the technology behind artificial turf construction continues to develop it is important to collect good scientific data on how these surfaces degrade and their playing performance-related properties change, and the extent to which maintenance can achieve a reduction in this inevitable degradation process."
The PHD student carrying out the research Nick McLaren said: "I am excited by the prospect of working with a well-established company, and I find it exciting to be leading research into answering these questions."