Temperature Stable Memory Foams

Patent Title: VISCOELASTIC POLYURETHANE FOAMS WITH REDUCED TEMPERATURE SENSITIVITY

 Number/Link: WO2018/169833

Applicant/Assignee:  Covestro

Publication date: 20 September 2018

Gist”: A polyol blend comprising a relatively low-EO monol,  diol and triol is foamed with TDI

Why it is interesting: Viscoelastic or “memory” foams are popular materials for pillows and mattresses. One drawback of these materials is the sensitivity of hardness to room temperature variations. According to this invention the hardness variations can be reduced by preparing the foams form TDI and a polyol blend comprising a monofuntional polyether with an EO content of less than 20%, a polyether diol and a polyether triol both with an EO content of less than 45% together with water, catalysts and other additives. The polyol blend can optionally be made in situ.  The foams show an E'(15°C)/E'(30°C) ratio between 1 and 4, a Tg of less than 20°C (defined as the temperature of max. tanδ),  together with high air flow and tear strength values.

DMTA

DMTA trace of foam according to the invention

Flexible Foams with Reduced Aldehyde Emissions

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE FOAMS HAVING LOW LEVELS OF ALDEHYDE EMISSIONS

 Number/Link: WO2018/145283

Applicant/Assignee:   Dow

Publication date: 16 August 2018

Gist”: Cyclic 1,3-diketones are used as aldehyde scavengers

Why it is interesting: Aldehyde emissions from flexible polyurethane foams (and many other materials) remain an issue and have been discussed a number of times before in this blog.  The current invention is about the use of cyclic 1,3-diketones as scavengers for both fomaldehyde and acetaldehyde in flexible foam formulations.  Diketones like (e.g.) 5-phenylcyclohexane-1,3-dione, 5,5-dimethylcyclohexane-1,3-dione and 1H-indene-1,3(2H)-dione are blended with the polyol component and react with the aldehydes during foam cure.

DMCHD

5,5-dimethylcyclohexane-1,3-dione

UV Resistant Viscoelastic Foams

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE PRODUCT WITH SULFUR-CONTAINING POLYOL

 Number/Link: WO2018/111806

Applicant/Assignee:  Dow

Publication date: 21 June 2018

Gist”: VE foams using S-containing polyether polyols

Why it is interesting: According to this invention sulfur containing polyols improve the UV resistance of polyurethane materials.  It is believed that sulfur acts as a UV absorber incorporated into the polymer, thereby reducing the need for additives such as antioxidants.  In the examples an S-containing polyether diol is prepared by reacting 2,2′-thiodiethanol with propyleneoxide up to an OH value of  188 mg KOH/g. The diol is then used in an amount of 5 to 15% on the total polyol blend to prepare low resilience flexible foams showing an improved UV resistance.

 

TDE

2,2′-thiodiethanol

 

Catalyst System for Frothed Foams

Patent Title: METHOD FOR DELAYING CURING IN POLYURETHANE AND COMPOSITIONS AND ARTICLES MADE THEREFROM

 Number/Link: WO2018/075302

Applicant/Assignee:  Rogers

Publication date: 26-April-2018

Gist”: A mixture of  a metal acetylacetonate and a catalytic inhibitor prevents premature curing

Why it is interesting:  A catalyst system that prevents premature curing of frothed (PORON® – type) foams consists of  ferric acetylacetonate catalyst and a β-diketone inhibitor e.g. acetylacetone or dibenzoyl methane. The catalyst combination allows for handling of the raw materials at 55°C for 5 minutes without reacting.  Frothed foams tend to have improved properties, like compression set as compared to conventional foams.

Tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III)

Tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III)  (Wikipedia)

Scorch-Proof Polyurethane Foams

Patent Title:  LOW EMISSIONS SCORCH INHIBITOR FOR POLYURETHANE FOAM

 Number/Link: WO2018/064521

Applicant/Assignee:  Vanderbilt Chemicals

Publication date: 5 April 2018

Gist”: A synergistic mixture of antioxidants prevents scorch

Why it is interesting: “Scorch” is a discolouration of the center of (especially low-density flexible) polyurethane slabstock foams as a consequence of excessive heat build-up during production. It is believed to be the result of free-radical reactions of foaming components and additives, like the dimerisation of BHT – a common antioxidant. According to this invention the combination of three to (optionally) 5 specific antioxidants show an unexpected synergy towards prevention of scorch. The inventive composition consists of 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline, a lactone (e.g. 3-alkyl- benzofurane-2-one), a phenolic compound (e.g. an alkylated monophenol) and optionally a tocopherol (a vitamine E-type phenolic compound) and a phosphite compound.  The composition is said to have the added advantage of showing low volatile chemical emissions.

quinoline

2,2,4-trimethyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline