Puncture Resistance

Depending on the actual service conditions and hazards in the product’s real world use, a variety of different test methods can be chosen to evaluate the product or material’s resistance to puncture.

Many products such as gloves, coated fabrics, conveyor belts, tire components and insulating blankets have specifications that require a minimum puncture resistance.  

Testing for puncture resistance (also commonly referred to as piercing, perforation or penetration resistance) measures the load required to create a puncture in the material in Newtons, Newtons per meter, pounds of force or pounds of force per inch of thickness.  Different probe sizes and geometries are used to better simulate material strength under varying conditions. 

While custom protocols based on product verification requirements can be developed, there are several standardized protocols that Smithers commonly tests to (listed below).

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Common Test Protocols 


Standard Specification for Rubber Insulating Gloves (Section 19.2.4)


Standard Test Methods for Coated Fabrics (Section 22 – 25, Puncture Resistance)

ASTM D1048

Standard Specification for Rubber Insulating Blankets (Section 19.2.4)


Standard Test Methods for Water Vapor Retarders Used in Contact with Earth Under Concrete Slabs, on Walls, or as Ground Cover (Section 10)