The SATRA TM174 test method and the Martindale method are two different test methods, each with its own areas of application and advantages. It is not possible to say which method is more accurate and reliable, but rather the choice is based on the specific test requirements and application scenarios.
The Martindale method is a commonly used abrasion test method for a wide range of textile and leather materials. It uses circular friction to abrade a sample and the results are usually expressed in terms of the number of friction cycles endured.The Martindale method is relatively simple and easy to apply, widely used and comparable. However, it does not fully simulate the forces and movements of leather shoes in actual use and therefore may not accurately predict the wear performance of leather shoes in some cases.
The SATRA TM174 test method is closer to actual use and assesses the durability and fatigue resistance of footwear by simulating flexion and bending movements. The method is more comprehensive, taking into account the deformation and stresses experienced by the footwear material in real-life use, and therefore provides a more accurate assessment. However, the SATRA TM174 test method may require more specialized equipment and laboratory conditions, and the test process is relatively complex and costly.
Therefore, the choice of test method should be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are more concerned with pure wear performance and durability, the Martindale method may be a more straightforward and commonly used option. If you wish to get closer to actual use and take into account the flexion and bending characteristics of footwear products, the SATRA TM174 test method may be more appropriate. Whichever method you choose, standardized test procedures and related standards should be followed to ensure accuracy and comparability of test results.