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Rolling Load Testing of Flooring Performance

Rolling load floor testing based on the Robinson-Type Floor Testing machine, predicts the performance of the surface of a laid floor or a flooring 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. stone, wood, marble, 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: lisa.cobden@lucideon.com or +44 (0)1782 764313.

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  • Guidance Document

    Lucideon Guide to Cleaning and Maintaining a Slip Resistant Flooring Surface
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    Lucideon Guide to Light Reflectance Value Testing
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  • Guidance Document

    Lucideon Guide to Slip Resistance Tests
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