PCM Containing PU Gels

Title: Temperature Regulating Polyurethane Gels

Number/Link: US2017/0210961

Applicant/Assignee: Technogel

Publication Date: 27 july 2017

“Gist”: Fatty acid ester PCMs are incorporated into Technogel-type gels without encapsulation

Why it is interesting: Polyurethane gels have been discussed before in this blog. The current invention is about “Technogel-type”  gels, made at low NCO-index and high functionality, that contain phase change materials (PCMs). The PCMs are esters of fatty acids that can be blended in molten state with the low EO polyol to form a clear solution, which is then reacted with isocyanate to form the gel. Despite not being encapsulated or forming a separate phase, the PCMs can reversibly melt and crsytallize while in the fluid phase of the gel. In the examples blends of lauryl laurate (C12-C12) and myristyl myristate (C14-C14) are used as PCM such that the phase change temperature is about 22-38°C.  The gels are said to be useful for ‘close to body’ comfort applications especially for use in matresses to improve sleeping comfort.

Lauryl laurate

 

Matte, Self-Healing Polyurethane Powder Coatings

Title: POLYURETHANE COATING COMPOSITION

Number/Link: WO2017/074835

Applicant/Assignee: Valspar

Publication Date: 4 May 2017

“Gist”: Coating composition comprising isocyanate and two polyester polyols having a similar Tg but a widely different equivalent weight.

Why it is interesting: Conventionally low gloss or “matte” coatings are the result of a microtextured surface achieved by certain fillers or by incompatible polymers and the like. According to this invention “ultra matte” finishes can also -surprisingly- be achieved from a (powder) coating composition comprising a (blocked) isocyanate and a mixture of two polyester polyols. Both polyols have a Tg between 40 and 60ºC prefereably differing not more than 5 to 8ºC, while the OHv of the first polyol is between 150 and 325 and that of the second between 15 and 35.  The ratio between first and second polyol is from about 1:1 to 1:3 w/w. Also surprisingly, the resulting coatings are said to show self-healing properties. An interesting composition but no examples of the polyesters or isocyanates used are given.

Car with matte finish

SiC-PU Nanocomposites

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE/UREA SILICON CARBIDE NANOCOMPOSITE

 Number/Link: WO2017/027231

Applicant/Assignee: 3M

Publication date: 16-feb-2017

Gist”: Surface modified SiC particles are dispersed in and covalently bound to a polyurethane matrix

Why it is interesting: Silicon carbide (carborundum) particles with an average particle size of about 500 nm are NCO-functionalized by reacting with a surface modfifying agent, e.g 2-triethoxysilylpropylisocyanate. The modified particles are then dispersed and covalently reacted into a polyurethane/polyurea matrix in an amount of 50-55% (w/w) on the composition. The composites can be made into highly erosion resistant films, for use on the outer surface of aircraft.

3-triethoxysilylpropylisocyanate

3-triethoxysilylpropylisocyanate

TPU-Silicone TPVs

Patent Title: THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE COMPOSITE MATERIAL COMPOSITION, THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE COMPOSITE MATERIAL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, SHOE MATERIAL AND WEARABLE APPARATUS

 Number/Link: US2017 /0015825

Applicant/Assignee: Evermore Chem. Ind.

Publication date: 19-jan-2017

Gist”: A blend of TPU and unsaturated silicone gum is dynamically vulcanized

Why it is interesting: A thermoplastic polyurethane is blended (in a kneader) with 1 to 5% w/w of double-unsaturated silicone rubber gum. The blend is then dynamically vulcanized by extruding (and pelletizing) it together with a peroxide curing agent like e.g. 1,3-bis-(t-butylperoxyisopropyl)benzene. The resulting thermoplastic is said to have improved slip resistance without reducing the TPU properties like abrasion resitance and is therefore said to be especially useful for the production of shoe-soles. It is ‘contemplated’ that the resulting material is a semi-IPN, but (i.m.o.) it is more likely that a seperate crosslinked silicone  phase -and therefore a thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV)- is formed.

perox

1,3-bis-(t-butylperoxyisopropyl)benzene

Classic PU Patent of the Month: Microencapsulation (1963)

Patent Title: ENCAPSULATION BY INTERFACIAL POLYCONDENSATION

 Number/Link:  US3577515

Applicant/Assignee: Pennwalt Corp.

Publication date: 4-05-1971

Gist”: Interfacial polycondensation on the surface of emulsified droplets.

Why it is interesting: Micro-sized droplets are encapsulated with a polymeric film or ‘skin’ formed by an interfacial polycondensation reaction. The idea is both very clever and simple: one reaction component is dissolved in a liquid which is then dispersed in another -immiscible- liquid. The second reaction component is then added to the continuous phase resulting in a polycondensation reaction at the surface of the droplets, encapsulating these with a polymeric film. For example a solution of a polyisocyanates in an organic solvent can be dispersed in water (to a desired droplet size) after which a water soluble diol or diamine is added resulting in a polyurethane or polyurea film encapsulating the solvent droplets. Microcapsules are now common and used in may applications like cosmetics, phase change materials, e-paper, self-healing coatings etc.

Figure 1 illustrating the process

Figure illustrating the process