Breathable TPU 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)






PU-FPOSS Coating Compositions


Number/Link: US20170204291

Applicant/Assignee: Boeing

Publication Date: 20 July 2017  (published as PCT)

“Gist”: Ice repellent polyurethane coatings are prepared by incorporating F-POSS prepolymers

Why it is interesting: The invention is about coated surfaces that show reduced ice formation and/or adhesion. This is accomplished by incorporating fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (F-POSS) into the composition. OH-functional F-POSS is prepared as per the scheme below, which is then reacted with polyisocyanates to prepare an NCO-functional F-POSS prepolymer.  The prepolymer can then be used in PU coating compositions, or reacted with amino-functional PDMS compounds and used as an additive in coating compositions.
It is believed that the F-POSS particles interfere with H-bond formation of ice to the coated surface.  Ice repellent surfaces are particularly useful for aircraft, wind turbines, cooling equipment an the like.

Synthesis of OH-functional trifluoropropyl POSS

SiC-PU Nanocomposites


 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.



Classic PU Patent of the Month: Microencapsulation (1963)


 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

Carbon-Black Reinforced Polyurethane Tires


 Number/Link: US20160060420

Applicant/Assignee: Goodyear

Publication date: 3-03-2016

Gist”: Dried, pulverized C-black is used in cast elastomer

Why it is interesting: According to this invention cast polyurethanes with properties useful for tire production can be made by incorporating 2-4% (w/w) of carbon black, pulverized to an average particle size of 5-10 μm. The carbon black is dispersed in the polyol component together with molecular sieves to absorb the water inherently present in carbon black.  It is said that removing the water allows the carbon black to react with an excess of isocyanate present, thereby greatly improving its reinforcing characteristics. Although not mentioned in the text I assume that the tires are intended for low-speed vehicles only.

GoodYear Tire

GoodYear Tire