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Modelling surface temperatures on 3G artificial turf

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posted on 10.08.2018, 12:55 by Matej Gustin, Paul Fleming, David Allinson, Stephen Watson
High surface temperatures are often recorded on or close to the surface of an artificial turf pitch (ATP). Many literature sources from different countries have reported surface temperatures on artificial pitches rising up to 90–95 °C on hot days, which has raised numerous concerns about health risks for adult and child users. This study has investigated the thermal behavior of an instrumented 3rd generation ATP at Loughborough University in the UK, and related data also collected from several similar ATPs and a natural turf field. The data show the ATP is warming up and cooling down very quickly, up to 2.5–3.0 °C per minute. Solar radiation is the main factor driving the surface temperature fluctuations. A numerical model was developed to predict the surface temperatures and showed good approximation to the observed data. The model was used to show peak surface temperatures could be significantly reduced by increasing the albedo of the surface.

Funding

This research was made possible by EPSRC support for the London-Loughborough CDT in Energy Demand (grant EP/L01517X/1).

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association

Pages

279 - 279

Citation

GUSTIN, M. ... et al., 2018. Modelling surface temperatures on 3G artificial turf. Proceedings 2(6): 279.

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

12/01/2018

Publication date

2018

Notes

Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018. This is an Open Access Article. It is published by MPDI under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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2504-3900

Language

en

Location

Brisbane Australia

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