Measuring the traction profile on sportsfields: equipment development and testing

Roche, M. B., Loch, D. S., Poulter, R. E. and Zeller, L. C. (2008). Measuring the traction profile on sportsfields: equipment development and testing. In: J. C. Stier, L. Han and D. Li, Proceedings of the II International Conference on Turfgrass Science and Management for Sports Fields. ICTSM 2007: 2nd International ISHS Conference on Turfgrass Science and Management for Sports Fields, Beijing, China, (399-414). 24-29 June, 2007.

Author Roche, M. B.
Loch, D. S.
Poulter, R. E.
Zeller, L. C.
Title of paper Measuring the traction profile on sportsfields: equipment development and testing
Conference name ICTSM 2007: 2nd International ISHS Conference on Turfgrass Science and Management for Sports Fields
Conference location Beijing, China
Conference dates 24-29 June, 2007
Convener L. Han
Proceedings title Proceedings of the II International Conference on Turfgrass Science and Management for Sports Fields   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Acta Horticulturae   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Leuven, Belgium
Publisher International Society for Horticultural Science
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISSN 0567-7572
Editor J. C. Stier
L. Han
D. Li
Volume 783
Start page 399
End page 414
Total pages 16
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Traction is recognised as an important component of the overall playability and safety of a sportsfield. It relates to the "grip", or footing, provided through an athlete's shoe when in contact with the surface, and is normally measured by the torque generated when a weighted studded disc apparatus is dropped onto the turf and twisted manually. This paper describes the development of an automated traction tester, which mechanises the dropping and twisting of the weighted studded disc. By standardising these operational stages, more repeatable and reliable results can be expected than from the original hand-operated design where positioning of the disc and speed of rotation are controlled manually and so can vary from one measurement to the next. As well as measuring the maximum torque reached during rotation of the studded disc, the automated traction tester generates a profile of torque showing changes over time and calculates the angle through which the studded disc moved before reaching maximum torque. These aspects are now covered by a utility patent (PAT/AU/2004270767). Use of the automated traction tester is illustrated by comparative data for a range of warm-season turfgrasses, by comparisons of traction under different surface conditions generated by wear on Cynodon dactylon cultivars, and by the effects of environment, management and playing patterns on traction across a multi-use sports stadium.
Subjects 1001 Agricultural Biotechnology
Keyword Traction
Torque
Warm-season grasse
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

 
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