Skid resistance of wood floor finishes under varying surface conditions

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Katherine D. Smythe (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The objectives of this study were to determine the coefficients of friction of various combinations of wood floor finishes and heel materials; to determine the effect of wood floor waxes on the frictional values of wood floor finish and heel material combinations; and to compare the coefficients of friction of new, worn, and waxed wood floor finishes in combination with heel materials. Seven wood floor finishes - penetrating seal, satin and gloss varnish, lacquer, shellac, polyurethane, and epoxy - were applied to red and white strip oak flooring placed in both lengthwise and crosswise grain directions. The wood floor finishes were waxed with a liquid and a paste solvent base wax, a paste skid resistant wax, and a self-polishing wax. The finishes were tested in combination with leather, rubber, nylon, Neolite and rubber crepe heel materials. All combinations of materials were tested dry and with moisture applied. The Bowen Friction Tester was used to obtain force of friction values. Coefficient of friction values were computed and used in this study as the measure of skid resistance.

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Language: English
Date: 1966

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