Abrasion Resistance

Abrasion resistance refers to the ability of a of a surface or finish to withstand deliberate or natural wear and tear without having it’s integrity compromised.

Abrasion resistance capacity is a critical factor of consideration in construction works as it is the part of any structure that that bares the brunt of constant contact with people and the environment.

Surfaces compromised by abrasion don’t just lead to unsightly fixtures and structure, they can leads to more serious problems that can eventually lead to the premature condemnation of fixtures and important components of a building.

Wear testing methods used to measure abrasion resistance, like TABER and abrasion scrub testers, help manufacturers to evaluate:

  • Sliding wear
  • Two-body abrasive wear
  • Rolling abrasion
  • Mar abrasion
  • etc

After being tested they should be able to determine the abrasion rate and normalized abrasion rate (abrasion resistance index).

And some of the common material that are put through these tests are:

  • Ceramics
  • Laminates
  • Synthetic flooring
  • Vinyl
  • etc

If the number flawed items that failed these test standards are too high, it not uncommon for manufacturers to discard the whole production batch to prevent defective products from entering the market.

Otherwise the batch has to be further processed, maybe with abrasion-resistant material, to improve their quality level and lifespan.