PU Elastomers with Extremely High Elongation

Patent Title:  Polyurethane Elastomer with High Ultimate Elongation

 Number/Link: US2018/0312623

Applicant/Assignee:  UNIV PENNSYLVANIA

Publication date: 1 November 2018

Gist”: Low hardblock polyurethane-polyurea elastomers are prepared from low unsat diols, HDI and a bulky diamine chain extender

Why it is interesting: The current invention relates to PU  elastomers which are said “to  have the highest reported elongation-at-break among known polyurethane elastomers“. The materials are prepared from an NCO-ended prepolymer consisting of a low unsaturated, low dispersity diol and a symmetric diisocyanate (i.e. no 4,4′-MDI), which is reacted with a “bulky” diamine chain extender. In the examples Acclaim 4200 (polyether diol with OHv 28) is used together with HDI and 2-methyl-1,5-pentanediamine. The elastomer showed an elongation at break of more than 2000%.
Because these materials have a low- and non-aromatic hardblock content, it is my opinion that they show creep rather than elasticity.

methylpentandiamine

2-methyl-1,5-pentanediamine

Aliphatic TPU with Reduced Effloresence

Patent Title: ALIPHATIC THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANES, PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF

 Number/Link:   WO2018/192936 (German)

Applicant/Assignee:  Covestro

Publication date: 25 October 2018

Gist”: TPU based on 1,10-decanediisocyanate shows reduced blooming

Why it is interesting: Aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethanes, based on hexanediisocyanate (HDI) can show “blooming” i.e. the formation of a white precipitate on the surface of the material.  It is believed that this is caused by the formation of cyclic oligourethanes migrating to- and forming crystals on the surface. According to this invention, this blooming behaviour can be prevented by using long-chain aliphatic diisocyanates like 1,10-diisocyanatodecane or 1,12-diisocyanatododecane instead of HDI.

DDI

1,10-diisocyanatohexane (DDI)

 

Fiber Reinforced TPU Composites

Patent Title: THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE MATRIX RESIN

 Number/Link: WO 2018/104145

Applicant/Assignee:  Henkel

Publication date: 14 June 2018

Gist”: TPU based on a vicinal alkane diol together with an alkoxylated aromatic diol can be used as matrix material in a fiber composite

Why it is interesting: According to this invention a thermoplastic polyurethane with a high Tg (pref. >80°C) and a high stiffness (>1GPa) can be prepared from a short chain, sterically hindered, vicinal diol (e.g. 1,2-propanediol or 2,3-butanediol), an alkoxylated aromatic diol (e.g. alkoxylated bisphenol A or F) and an aromatic diisocyanate (e.g. 4,4’MDI) pref. mixed with some high functionality isocyanate (e.g. polymeric MDI) to control branching an molecular weight. The TPU composition can be used to make a fiber reinforced composite in an RTM-type process. The cured thermoplastic matrix has high mechanical properties but still allows for post-cure modification of the moulded part.

EtoxBisF

Ethoxylated Bisphenol F

TPU for RTM

Patent Title: THERMOPLASTIC PUR WITH HIGH TG FOR REACTION TRANSFER MOLDING (RTM)

 Number/Link: WO2018/050433

Applicant/Assignee:  Henkel

Publication date: 22 march 2018

Gist”:  High Tg TPU from polycyclic diols

Why it is interesting: The invention is about thermoplastic polyurethanes with high Tg and high stiffness that are useful for fiber-reinforced composites made by (reactive) resin transfer moulding.  The TPU is prepared from an isocyanate, a conventional diol chain extender and at least 25% (w/w) of a bridged- fused- or spiro- polycyclic diol. In the examples MDI is reacted with 1,2-propanediol or 2,3-butandiol and 4,8-bis(hydroxymethyl)tricyclo[5.2.1.02,6]decane. The resulting TPUs show a Tg of more than 135°C.

tricylodecane

4,8-bis(hydroxymethyl)tricyclo[5.2.1.02,6]decane

Breathable TPU Membranes

Patent Title: POROUS THERMOPLASTIC MEMBRANES

 Number/Link: WO2017/178482

Applicant/Assignee:  BASF

Publication date: 19-october-2017

Gist”: Semi-permeable membranes are made by phase inversion of all-hardblock TPU solutions

Why it is interesting: ‘Breathable” membranes show a high resistance to liquid water permeation (LEP) combined with a high water vapour permeability (WDD). According to this invention breathable polyurethane membranes can be prepared by dissolving an all-hardblock thermoplastic polyurethane in a polar, aprotic solvent (like N-methyl pyrrolidone) together with a water soluble compound, casting a film and coagulating the film with water. In the examples diisocyanates (MDI, TDI and HDI) are stoichiometrically reacted with chain extenders (MEG, BDO and HDO).  The resulting materials were schredded and dissolved in NMP together with some glycerol. 150 μm thick films were cast on glass and coagulated in water, resulting in membranes with an average pore size ranging between 4 and 500 nm.  The membranes are said to be useful to make breathable fabrics for outdoor wear e.g. (“Gore Tex” (TM) – type materials)

N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone