Rolling Load Testing of Flooring Performance

Rolling load floor testing based on the Robinson-Type Floor Testing machine, predicts the performance of a laid floor’s surface and/or system under simulated rolling loads to ASTM C627. The test was initially designed for tiles, however the Robinson Floor Test can be applied to most hard-surface flooring, e.g. wood, marble, stone, slate, laminate, vinyl, rubber, etc.

Using our Robinson-Type Floor Testing machine, we are able to conduct on-site or laboratory testing, which:

  • enables newly laid flooring surfaces to be assessed for durability to the required level
  • exposes installation or material manufacturing faults
  • can be applied to problematic flooring surfaces to ascertain if the necessitated performance is being realised.

Rolling load floor testing benefits include:

  • reliable results from the only standardised method of measuring flooring surface/system performance
  • differentiation of performance over un-tested competitors’ products
  • endorsed product specification modifications - potential retrospective financial savings if specification adjustments are subsequently unsuitable.

Testing involves a three-wheeled rig rotating at a set speed, for a specified duration with differing loads and wheel types. A total of 14 schedules can be performed, as per the table below.

Cycle Wheel Type Weight (kg) Duration (h) Revolutions Per Cycle
1 soft rubber 45 1 900
2 soft rubber 91 1 900
3 soft rubber 136 1 900
4 soft rubber 136 1 900
5 hard rubber 45 1 900
6 hard rubber 91 1 900
7 hard rubber 136 1 900
8 hard rubber 136 1 900
9 steel 23 ½ 450
10 steel 45 ½ 450
11 steel 68 ½ 450
12 steel 91 ½ 450
13 steel 114 ½ 450
14 steel 136 ½ 450

The incremental completion of cycles without failure grades the tested flooring surface and/or system into one of five different service levels:

  • Completion of 1 to 3 cycles: ‘Residential’ – e.g. kitchens, bathrooms and hallways
  • Completion of 1 to 6 cycles: ‘Light Commercial’ – e.g. office space, reception areas, kitchens and bathrooms
  • Completion of 1 to 10 cycles: ‘Moderate Commercial’ – e.g. restaurants and schools
  • Completion of 1 to 12 cycles: ‘Heavy Commercial’ – e.g. shopping centres, supermarkets, airports, hospitals, commercial kitchens and car showrooms
  • Completion of 1 to 14 cycles: ‘Extra Heavy Commercial’ – e.g. factories

We also provide complimentary on-site services: slip resistance, balustrade, core and strength testing.

For further information, please contact:

Lisa Cobden, Technical Consultant
+44 (0)1782 764313
lisa.cobden@lucideon.com

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