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February 13, 2009 - ASTM International has proposed WK22081, Test Methods for Vertical Permeability of Synthetic Turf Sports Field Base Stone and System by Container Flood Test Method. It provides test for vertical permeability of synthetic turf which, according to John J. Amato, does not require special equipment and can be done in field by designer or contractor. Amato also states method accurately mimics rainwater conditions and provides opportunity to see surface drain.

Proposed ASTM Artificial Turf Standard Will Confront Drainage Issues

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Press release date: February 10, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 11 February 2009-Drainage failures are one of the major problems confronting owners and operators of synthetic turf sports fields. A proposed new standard that provides a test for vertical permeability of synthetic turf will be useful to designers, testing agencies and contractors in minimizing problems associated with field drainage.

According to John J. Amato, JJA Sports and a member of ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, the proposed new standard, WK22081, Test Methods for Vertical Permeability of Synthetic Turf Sports Field Base Stone and System by Container Flood Test Method, will be a more effective and accurate means of dealing with potential drainage failures than current methods. WK22081 is being developed by Subcommittee F08.65 on Artificial Turf Surfaces and Systems.

"The test in WK22081 does not require special equipment and can be done in the field by a designer or contractor to test the vertical permeability before the field is installed and after installation is complete," says Amato. "This method does not require the application of a head and more accurately mimics rainwater conditions. Best of all, it provides an opportunity to actually see the surface drain."

For technical Information, contact John J. Amato, JJA Sports, Westford, Mass. (phone: 978-692-0247; Committee F08 meets May 19-20 during the May committee week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM's open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, please contact Christine Sierk, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9728;

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

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