The Groundsman

July 2012

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AMENITY & LEISURE SPORTS TURF Example of infiltration test rig for artificial and natural pitch materials at Loughborough University Sustainable drainage for sports surfaces Loughborough University is currently conducting a research project to assess the drainage behaviour of pitches, with the aim of providing guidance on drainage behaviour to help optimise designs. The research team was established in 2009 by Paul Fleming and Matthew Frost (Loughborough University) with funding support from Institute of Groundsmanship and Sport England, plus additional advisory roles played by STRI and SAPCA. In 2010, PhD researcher Murray Simpson joined the team to investigate the fate of rainfall as it infiltrates through sports pitches en route to the drainage system. Early results show that discharge from normal rainfall events is frequently less than the amount of rainfall which hits the pitch surface, which may present an opportunity for enhancements in the design process.

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