Field Turf question

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  1. Dragda

    Dragda Yes, it's really me... PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Question:
    You know that debris that flares up on Field Turf during cuts and sudden stops? the little particles that look like dark sand? What's that stuff called? I'd like to know the official word for it and any colloquial monikers attached to it.

    I am working on a writing project and have come up in a dead end on this small point.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    I know I have heard it reffered to as tire shreds (but that was more the announcers using something everyone could relate to and not neccessarily what it is really called). I have been on the field and scooped some of it up before and they seem to be very small pelets of rubber but I have no clue what the real term for it is. I didn't actually open any links to look further which I would suggest you do for your project. My homework ended when I saw a potential name for you.

    A quick google search revealed this info - and Crumb Rubber seems like the best thing I could dicifer from the below. This was my search criteria "Rubber particles in field turf"

    THE FACTS ABOUT SBR RUBBER | FieldTurf - Synthetic Turf ...Not a single injury has ever been reported as a result of inhalation, ingestion or direct contact with rubber particles in artificial turf. ...
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    2 – FieldTurf's Patented Infill. Specially sized cryogenic rubber particles and washed silica sand are layered, in a patented installation process ...
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    Show more results from FieldTurf: Artificial Grass and Synthetic Turf Systems for Athletic Fields, Landscaping, and Commercial Building | FieldTurf - Synthetic Turf | Artificial Grass | Artificial Turf
    Fact Sheet: Crumb-Rubber Infilled Synthetic Turf Athletic FieldsConsiderations related to other kinds of synthetic turf fields are not .... No health assessment of the concentrations of rubber particles in the air was ...
     
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  3. fgssand

    fgssand PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

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    I am not 100% positive, but I think with the new turf installed, the "crumb-rubber" is gone. When I ran the awesome 10K that ended up on the field at Gillette this past 7/4 (run forrest run)...I recall looking for it and not finding it. Maybe I was just running to slow to kick up any crumbs??
     
  4. KDPPatsfan85

    KDPPatsfan85 In the Starting Line-Up

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    I was on the field may 1st and it had it. Im not sure if they took it off, but those crumbs were there.
     
  5. Underdog

    Underdog On the Roster

    "Fred crumbs" :p
     
  6. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    this make sense as sometimes I can't tell if you are running forward or backward but I guess that beats not at all like me.
     
  7. AzPatsFan

    AzPatsFan Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I believe they use "crumb rubber" as it is called. It is recycled rubber recycled from tires and other rubber waste. Usually made by freezing a tire in liquid Nitrogen and them breaking it up.
     
  8. Dragda

    Dragda Yes, it's really me... PatsFans.com Supporter

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    What an awesome job! Freezing old tires then shattering them. I guess like anything, it'd get old after a bit.


    I'll go with crumb-rubber. Thanks. I knew I could count on you guys to help.
     
  9. FredFromDartmouth

    FredFromDartmouth In the Starting Line-Up

    It is called a lame attempt to make the field more forgiving.

    All the other guys on this list live in a dream world where football players don't get hurt when they the ground but if you look closely you can see joints stretched and twisted as limbs grab on the plastic. Makes me wince but nobody else (besides the players) seem to care.

    There is a simple solution to this insanity; grass fields should be used as a recruiting tool by colleges. "Ms. Brown your son will have a better and healthier career if he plays on our nice grass field instead of the green concrete at..."
     
  10. zoostation

    zoostation In the Starting Line-Up

    rubber........
     
  11. bigcountry75

    bigcountry75 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    I have played on field turf all through college and some semi-pro games.....Those fields are HOT....I don't know if it's the field, rubber, combination but some games even sitting on the bench after coming off the field you couldn't put your cleats on the turf or they would heat up instantly....I have played on natural grass and field turf and I by far love grass more.....You can run faster on field turf and it's always even but other than that give me grass......Plus those little rubber pieces get all up in your uniform and are a pain to clean out....
     
  12. captain stone

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    They also cling to socks like burrs did when I was a kid.

    Speaking of when I was a kid, why not name the stuff R. Crumb?

    P.S.: I completely agree with yours & Dartmouth Fred's takes on FieldTurf vs. Grass. I too prefer grass, esp. Carl Spackler's home-grown version.
     
  13. signbabybrady

    signbabybrady Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    I was thinking name it salacious crumb

    bonus point to first who knows who that is.
     
  14. Dragda

    Dragda Yes, it's really me... PatsFans.com Supporter

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    The muppet that was Jabba the Hut's pet?
     
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