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NCSL International - Governance
Impact of Pressure and Temperature upon the Modern Football
Kevin Radzik, Lead Scientist and Operations Manager, Alliance Calibration
Given the recent controversies within the arena of modern sports and the rules of fair play in the NFL Alliance Calibration will investigate the impact of inflation and temperature upon the compressibility of the modern football based upon the published NFL specifications. Moreover, the goal of this study will be to determine the impact upon gripping and control of the modern football under the varied conditions. Testing will be based upon applicable ISO-17025 standards and will follow the DMAIC process. Alliance Calibration will study the effect of different levels of pressure and temperature upon a regulation NFL football. The testing will include the Calculated Measurement of Uncertainty (CMC) for measurement of compressibility as impacted by pressure (PSI) and temperature (degrees F) as part of the Design of Experiment.
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