The right rubber granulate is key to success for artificial turf pitches, sports tracks and playground surfaces. Genan delivers high-quality rubber granulate for all these applications, cooperating with leading contractors and specialists within the industry.
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Genan granules – or GENAN SAFE rubber pellets – are used for playground base layers to ensure a safe environment for active and adventurous children. Children playing will inevitably fall and get hurt sometimes. With shock-absorbing rubber surfacing, playgrounds are softer, and children will injure themselves much less than on playgrounds with more traditional surfaces.
Genan products comply with EU regulations To make playgrounds as safe as possible, the EU has issued standards for the shock absorbance of the surface that public playgrounds must comply with. These regulations are found in EU Directives EN 1176 and EN 1177.
A playground surface made from rubber granulate or pellets is more healthy for children compared to sand, gravel or wooden chips. A rubber surface is much easier to keep clean, and problems with e.g. hidden, left-behind needles, broken glass and faeces from cats and dogs can thus be avoided.
Creating the playground surface Playgrounds are often made in-situ. Rubber granules or pellets are mixed with polyurethane, and the playground is built on the spot. There are many examples of playgrounds in exciting shapes, designs and colours. Playgrounds may also be made of pre-fab tiles manufactured with rubber granulate as source material.
Genan offers rubber granulate for playgrounds in four standard sizes: Medium, Coarse, Super Coarse and Ultra Coarse.
GENAN SAFE pellets are homogeneous rubber pellets. The diameter of a GENAN SAFE 5 pellet is Ø4.2 mm, and pellets are 5 mm long.
In a typical sports surface application, Genan granulate is used for the elastic, shock-absorbing base layer under a coloured top layer.
Genan’s high-quality rubber granulate is used for athletic tracks, running tracks and smaller pitches for e.g. basketball, tennis courts etc.
Athletic tracks are often made in-situ. Rubber granules are mixed with polyurethane, and the track or pitch is built on site.
Rubber granulate for track applications is offered in two standard sizes: Medium and Coarse. Particle size distribution is important as it influences performance as well as installation costs. A product of poor quality with too much dust and textile will require more expensive binding material to reach the same properties.
Artificial turf pitches
In typical artificial turf, Genan rubber granules are used for both the infill layer (Fine, Fine/Mix or Medium rubber granulate) and for the manufacturing of the e-layer (Coarse, Super Coarse or Ultra Coarse rubber granulate) – no matter whether it is built on site (in-situ) or from pre-fab mats.
Artificial turf pitches are fully accepted by the major football organisations FIFA and UEFA – and are now officially allowed for use at all levels, including Champions League and the World Cup.
INFILL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR INFLUENCING BALL BEHAVIOUR ON THE PLAYING SURFACE Although infill accounts for only a minor share of the total costs of a complete artificial turf project, it is possibly the most significant element. Infill quality is paramount for meeting the performance criteria of the pitch – and is thus an extremely important ingredient for the image and perception of the playing surface.
INFILL HAS IMPROVED BALL REBOUND AND RUNNING CHARACTERISTICS In order to ensure optimum ball behaviour, the size of rubber granules must not be too fine, nor too coarse. If the infill is too fine, it will compact, and the playing surface will not be elastic enough. If the infill is too coarse, it will absorb too much energy from the ball, resulting in poor rebound performance and splashing. In order to meet all special requirements, Genan therefore offers 3 different infill sizes: Fine, Fine/Mix and Medium.
MAINTENANCE In order to uphold the superior characteristics of an artificial pitch, infill must be topped up from time to time. Such regular maintenance is low-cost, but extremely cost-saving in the long run. The elasticity, weather resistance and extremely good aging properties of the pitch are maintained, and ball behaviour continues to be outstanding.
A shockpad is an elastic sublayer, also known as e-layer, boasting long-term elasticity and shock absorbance. It is used underneath the carpet in some artificial turf systems. The e-layer/shockpad is made of rubber granulate and polyurethane binder. Genan offers rubber granulate for sublayers in three standard sizes: Coarse, Super Coarse and Ultra Coarse.
There are two main ways of making the elastic layer. It can either be built on site (in-situ), where rubber granules are mixed with 8-12% polyurethane binder, or it can be made from pre-fabricated rubber mats. In both applications, Genan high-quality rubber granulate is used.
RUBBER FROM END-OF-LIFE TYRES IS IDEAL FOR E-LAYERS
Genan rubber granulate is a superior material used for elastic layers, as the elastic properties of rubber from end-of-life tyres are the very best available in the market. Several decades of research carried out by the tyre industry has developed a long-lasting, elastic material, which is extremely well suited for this particular purpose.
FAQ about artificial turf
Can football players get skin burns, if they make sliding tackles?
Skin burns were a major problem with the first two generations of artificial turf; but with the technology of 3rd generation turf – and with the right and correctly constructed system – skin burns are no longer an issue.
Can football players get scratches from steel in the infill?
No, Genan infill is clean and free from steel contamination.
Is there a risk of water contamination from an artificial turf pitch?
A recent, international literature study made by the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) estimates the annual discharge to the aquatic environment to be in the 2.5-36 kg per pitch per annum interval. By following best practice guidelines on pitch design, maintenance as well as behaviour / routines and habits of players and maintenance personnel, these limited quantities can be reduced to almost nothing.
How should an artificial turf pitch be designed, used and maintained in order to avoid spreading of infill to the environment?
Genan recommends the installation of barriers / infill fencing panels around artificial turf pitches – as well as “catch areas” with special mats along all four sides. Pitches must be properly fenced in, with only a few entrances, and each entrance should have a clean-down exit area, where players are required to brush off their clothes and empty their shoes. In connection with pitch maintenance, special brushes must be used – and used for this purpose only.
Is the ball rebound the same as on natural turf?
The specification of artificial turf is composed in order to simulate exactly the same rebound as on natural turf.
Does the ball travel faster or slower on an artificial turf pitch?
Most football players claim that ball speed is the same; yet, some players claim that the ball travels a bit faster on artificial turf.
Why has FIFA included artificial turf in its recommendations?
Artificial turf is an economical solution, because the turf can be used much more than natural turf. It can be played on all year round, no matter the weather conditions, and pitches do not have to rest between matches, as do natural turf pitches to protect the grass. Maintenance costs are much lower than for natural turf, and dependency on natural resources like water is usually non-existing. Another very important issue for FIFA is the development of good football in the third world. In developing countries, there are usually not enough resources to maintain natural turf pitches, because of the water consumption and other maintenance costs; but artificial turf opens up for the development of many young talents in poor countries.
Can you play all year round on artificial turf?
Yes, the only requirement is to remove snow, if any. Follow the maintenance advice of the turf manufacturer in question.
How expensive is it to maintain an artificial turf pitch compared to natural turf?
The answer to this question varies a lot depending on the relevant geography. As a rule of thumb, savings by having artificial turf increase the more extreme the climate. In very cold and very dry areas, savings are enormous; but savings are considerable irrespective of location.
Is it true that both ball and players get dirty when playing on artificial turf?
No, not if Genan infill is used, as Genan infill is virtually dust-free.
Does playing on artificial turf containing rubber infill imply an elevated health risk?
Numerous scientific studies – both historic and recent – have established that rubber infill made from end-of-life tyres does not pose any elevated health risk. In February 2017, the European Chemicals Agency published its findings in a new, comprehensive study. ECHA “has found no reason to advise people against playing sports on synthetic turf containing recycled rubber granules as infill material”. This advice is based on ECHA’S evaluation “that there is a very low level of concern from exposure to substances found in the granules”.