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

PIR-Oxazolidone Foams from Natural Oils

Patent Title: METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A POLYURETHANE-MODIFIED FOAM, FOAM OBTAINED, AND USES

Number/Link: US2018/0030196

Applicant/Assignee:  Soprema et al.

Publication date: 1 February 2018

Gist”: Unsaturated natural oils are epoxidized and reacted with an excess of isocyanate in the presence of a blowing agent.

Why it is interesting: Conventionally natural oils are incorporated into polyurethanes by first converting them to polyols (“NOPs”) by hydroformylation or epoxidation and ring opening and then reacting the NOPs with isocyanates. According to this invention the natural oils (preferably extracted from microalgae) are epoxidized and then mixed and heated with a (e.g. 3:1) excess of isocyanate (e.g. polymeric MDI) in the presence of a blowing agent (e.g. isopentane). It is said that oxazolidone rings from the isocyanate-epoxy reaction will form at the same time as isocyanurate rings and homopolymerized epoxides. The foams are said to be useful for thermal insulation applications.

oxazolidone

Formation of oxazolidone rings according to the invention

Polyurethanes from Alpha Glucan

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE POLYMERS COMPRISING POLYSACCHARIDES

 Number/Link: WO2018/017789

Applicant/Assignee:  Du Pont

Publication date: 25 january 2018

Gist”: Polyurethanes containing poly alpha 1,3-glucan

Why it is interesting: The invention is related to the preparation of different types of polyurethanes comprising poly alpha 1,3-glucan, which is a polymeric D-glucose having alpha 1,3 glycosidic bonds (as opposed to most natural glucose polymers which show α or β 1,4 glycoside linkages). Alpha 1,3 glucan can be prepared by enzymatic polymerization using sucrose and a glycosyltransferase. The glucan can be mixed with polyols and reacted with isocyanates to prepare polyurethanes.  Many examples are given ranging from PUDs, films, flexible foams to TPUs.

glucan

Poly alpha 1,3-glucan

 

Isocyanate-Free Polyaminal-Polyurethane Foams

Patent Title: SYSTEM FOR DIMENSIONALLY STABLE ISOCYANATE-FREE POLYURETHANE FOAM

 Number/Link: WO2018/005142

Applicant/Assignee:  Dow

Publication date: 4 January 2018

Gist”: Polyaldehydes are reacted with polycarbamates in the presence of an acid catalyst, a metal oxide powder and a blowing agent.

Why it is interesting: According to this invention hydrolytically-stable foams can be prepared from a low molecular weight difunctional aldehyde and a polycarbamate with a functionality of about 3.5 to 4 and an equivalent weight of about 200 to 300, in the presence of a blowing agent and a protic acid as catalyst. Surprisingly the foams are rendered hydrolytically stable by the incorporation of a metal oxide powder with a specific particle size. In the examples polycarbamates are prepared by capping high functionality polyols with methylcarbamate and are then reacted with 1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxaldehyde together with p-toluensulfonic acid as catalyst, HFC245fa as blowing agent and MgO powder. The foams show densities of 130-170 kg/m³ and are said to be useful as sealants.

CHDA

Cyclohexanedicarbaldehyde

Coated Fracking Proppants

Patent Title: AMIDE BASED COATING

 Number/Link: WO2017/213855

Applicant/Assignee:  Dow

Publication date: 14 December 2017

Gist”: Proppant particles are coated with polyamide based on isocyanate and carboxylic acids

Why it is interesting: Proppant particles are used in the hydraulic fracturing process to force open rock fissures to extract gas and oil – as discussed before in this blog. According to this invention the proppant particles are coated with a reacting mixture of a polyisocyanate (e.g. polymeric MDI) and polycarboxilic acids (e.g. a blend of citric acid and an acid-terminated polyether triol). Under the high pressure and temperature of the fracture, the coating will bond the proppant particles together, thus preventing flow-back of the proppant and the blocking of the well. The coating can contain additives to capture heavy metals like radium and sulfides like hydrogensulfide to reduce contamination of the fracture fluid.

citricacid

Citric acid