Preventing Ostwald Ripening in Rigid PU Foams

Title: PRODUCTION OF FINE CELL FOAMS USING A CELL AGING INHIBITOR

Number/Link: WO2017093058  (German)

Applicant/Assignee: Evonik

Publication Date: 8 June 2017

“Gist”: Perfluorinated hydrocabons reduce Ostwald ripnening in PU foam formulations

Why it is interesting: Polymeric foams form by nucleation and growth of gass bubbles in the reacting mixture followed by (or simultaneous with) ageing of the bubbles through coalesence and Ostwald ripening, i.e. the growth of larger bubbles at the expense of smaller bubbles. Ostwald ripening ultimately results in fewer and larger cells, which has a negative effect on the thermal insulation properties of rigid foams. According to this invention the ripening effect can be prevented or reduced by incorporating in the foam formulation an “Ostwald hydrophobe”, i.e. a highly hydrophobic liquid which is largely immiscible with the reacting mixture. Examples of such liquids are perfluorinated hydrocabons with a boiling point of less than 150°C, e.g. perfluoropentane, perfluorocyclohexane and perfluoroisohexene (used in the examples).

Perfluorocyclohexane

 

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

Moisture Scavenger for Polyurethane Coatings

Title: PROCESSES FOR MOISTURE SCAVENGING IN PREPARING POLYURETHANE COATINGS AND COMPOSITIONS THEREFOR

Number/Link: US2017/0114247

Applicant/Assignee: Achiewell

Publication Date: 27-april-2017

“Gist”: Methoxysilicon compound with e-withdrawing group together with hydrophobic t-amine catalyst acts as moisture scavenger

Why it is interesting:  Moisture in PU coating compositions can be a problem because it negatively affects both the properties of the composition (pot life and viscosity..) and of the final coating. Moisture scavengers like molecular sieves are well known but often have a negative impact as well. According to this invention, methoxyorganosilicon compounds with at least one electron withdrawing group attached to the silicon atom act as efficient moisture scavengers when used in combination with a hydrophobic tert-methylamine catalyst. Preferred organosilicon compounds have 3 methoxy substituents and one hydrocarbon-based e-withdrawing group, like e.g. fluoroethyltrimethoxysilane. A preferred catalyst is 1,3-bis[3-dimethylaminopropyl]urea (claimed).  No examples are given.

1,3-bis[3-dimethylaminopropyl]urea

TPU with Moisture-Controlled Flexibility

Title: THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE MATERIALS FOR FORMING MEDICAL DEVICES

Number/Link: Wo2017/066381

Applicant/Assignee: Becton Dickinson

Publication Date: 20 april 2017

“Gist”: High hardblock TPU, based on side-chain branched chain extenders, softens in water

Why it is interesting: The invention is related to thermoplastic polyurethanes for medical applications especially for intravenous catheters. These catheters need to have a high stiffness when inserted but need to become flexible once in place to prevent injuries. This is accomplished with TPUs based on MDI, PTMEG and either 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-propanediol (neopentylglycol) or 2-methyl-1,3-propanediol (MPdiol) and having a hardblock content of 50 to 75%. The examples show indeed an increased stiffness at ambient conditions and a larger softening when soaked in saline solution compared to TPU produced with a linear chain extender. It is however not mentioned which linear chain extender was used.

Neopentylglycol

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