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

 

PCM-Containing Viscoelastic Foams

Patent Title: VISCOELASTIC POLYURETHANE FOAM WITH COATING

Number/Link: WO2017/210439

Applicant/Assignee: Dow

Publication date: 7 December 2017

“Gist”: Open-celled visco-foam is impregnated with an aqueous dispersant composition containing a phase change material

Why it is interesting: According to Dow, open-celled viscoelastic polyurethane foams can be prepared by using a acid-modified polyolefin latex cellopener, as discussed before in this blog. In the current invention these open-celled foams are impregnated with an aqueous composition comprising an ionomer (a sodium salt of a maleic anhydride copolymer) and a microencapsulated PCM. The composition is said to ‘coat’ the cell struts with PCM and increase the comfort properties of the foam.
I wonder if with this process enough PCM can be in introduced to have a noticeable effect.

bluewave

Dow’s proprietary BLUEWAVE dispersion process is used to prepare the cellopening latex

Viscoelastic Polyurethane Elastomers

Title:  IMPACT PROTECTION FOAM

Number/Link: US2017/0233519

Applicant/Assignee: Dow

Publication Date: 17 august 2017

“Gist”: Viscoelastic foams are prepared from MDI, castor oil and a hydrophilic polyether polyol.

Why it is interesting: According to this invention energy absorbing foams with relatively low density and a low hardness and resilience in the temperature range from about -10 to +40°C, can be produced by reacting a blend of hydrophilic and hydrophobic polyols containing castor oil, about 0.5 pbw water and some catalyst and chain extender with MDI.  The examples show foams of about 500 kg/m³ with hardness below shore 50A and ball rebound below 15% at both -10 and +23°C. The foams are said to be useful for impact-protective garments.

Castor oil

Castor oil component