Polyurethane “Combination Foam”: a TPU/PU Composite

Title: KOMBINATIONSSCHAUM

 Number/Link:  WO2014/023794   (German)

Applicant/Assignee: BASF

Publication date: 13-02-2014

Gist”: Foamed TPU particles are embedded in a foamed elastomer of the same chemical composition to improve mechanical properties.

Why it is interesting: Foamed, closed-cell TPU particles are incorporated in a foamed, open-cell PU matrix which has a higher density and is produced from essentially the same chemicals, resulting in perfect compatibility and adhesion between the two components.  In the examples 30-40 % (w/w) of expanded TPU particles with a bulk density (“Shüttdichte”) of 89 kg/m³ are incorporated in an elastomer with a density of 200-300 kg/m³. Size of the TPU particles is not given but the preferred size range is 1mm to 2 cm.

Expanded TPU particles by BASF

Expanded TPU particles by BASF

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