ASTM-E1911 Standard Test Method for Measuring Surface Frictional Properties Using the Dynamic Friction Tester

Show Complete Document History

Document Center Inc. is an authorized dealer of ASTM standards.
The following bibliographic material is provided to assist you with your purchasing decision:

Standard Test Method for Measuring Surface Frictional Properties Using the Dynamic Friction Tester



Want this as a site license?


1.1 This test method covers the procedure for measuring surface frictional properties as a function of speed using the dynamic friction tester (DF tester).

1.2 The DF tester consists of a horizontal spinning disk fitted with three spring-loaded rubber sliders which contact the surface as the disk rotational speed decreases due to the friction generated between the sliders and the surface. A water supply unit delivers water to the surface being tested. The torque generated by the slider forces measured during the spin-down is then used to calculate the friction as a function of speed.

1.3 The DF tester can be used for laboratory investigations and in the field on in-situ surfaces.

1.4 The values stated in SI (metric) units are to be regarded as standard. The inch-pound equivalents are rationalized, rather than exact mathematical conversions.

1.5 The Nippo Sangyo dynamic friction tester is covered by a patent. Interested parties are invited to submit information regarding the identification of an alternative(s) to this patented item to ASTM International Headquarters. Your comments will receive careful consideration at a meeting of the responsible technical committee,1 which you may attend.

1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

Significance and Use

5.1 This test method provides a measure of surface friction as a function of sliding speed, either in the field or in a laboratory.

5.2 This test method can be used to determine the relative effects of various polishing techniques on materials or material combinations.

5.3 The values measured in accordance with this method do not necessarily agree or directly correlate with those obtained utilizing other methods of determining friction properties or skid resistance.


friction; pavements; skid resistance;

To find similar documents by ASTM Volume:

04.03 (Road and Paving Materials; Vehicle-Pavement Systems)

To find similar documents by classification:

93.080.99 (Other standards related to road engineering)

This document comes with our free Notification Service, good for the life of the document.

This document is available in either Paper or PDF format.

Document Number


Revision Level




Modification Type


Publication Date

Aug. 1, 2019

Document Type

Test Method

Page Count

6 pages

Committee Number