Polyols for Polyurethane Fibre-Reinforced Composite

Patent Title: PROCESS FOR PRODUCING FIBER COMPOSITE MATERIAL USING HYBRID POLYOL

Number/Link: WO2018/224592 (German)

Applicant/Assignee: BASF

Publication Date: 13 December 2018

“Gist”: Composite composition based on polyol prepared from initiator mixture comprising castor oil

Why it is interesting: Polyurethane composite production by filament winding, pultrusion and similar processes are known.  These PU systems need a low viscosity, good fibre-wetting properties, long open time and preferably a “snap cure” when activated.  According to this invention, such systems can be prepared from polyols which are made by alkoxylating an initiator mixture consisting of a (pref) 50/50 (w/w) mixture of a fat-based alcohol and an aliphatic trifunctional alcohol, using imidazole catalysis. In an example a castor oil/glycerol mixture is propoxylated to an OH value of  480 mg KOH/g.  Surprisingly this polyol shows a longer open time compared to the corresponding mixture of seperately initiated polyols.

castor oil

Main component of castor oil

Polyurethane for Oil Well Refracking

Patent Title: METHODS AND MATERIALS FOR REFRACTURING A PARTIALLY DEPLETED OIL AND GAS WELL

Number/Link: US2018/0346786

Applicant/Assignee:  Covestro

Publication Date: 6 December 2018

“Gist”: Use of low-reactive, low-viscosity PU systems for oil well sealing

Why it is interesting: It is known that partially depleted fracking wells can be “re-fractured” to increase production. Prior to this operation former perforations in the well casing need to be sealed to prevent furthering of existing fractures, by using a chemical “diverting agent”.  According to this invention, the diverting agent can be a polyurethane system with a long potlife and relatively low viscosity, which is prepared from an unblocked hexamethylene diisocyanate and a polypropyleneoxide triol which is miscible with the isocyanate. In the examples an allophanate-modified HDI is used together with a 450-molecular weight PO triol and a delayed-action tert amine catalyst. The system does not de-mix and has a gel time ranging from 30 to more than 1000 minutes.

refracking

Sealing of fracking well

 

 

Catalyst System for Frothed Foams

Patent Title: METHOD FOR DELAYING CURING IN POLYURETHANE AND COMPOSITIONS AND ARTICLES MADE THEREFROM

 Number/Link: WO2018/075302

Applicant/Assignee:  Rogers

Publication date: 26-April-2018

Gist”: A mixture of  a metal acetylacetonate and a catalytic inhibitor prevents premature curing

Why it is interesting:  A catalyst system that prevents premature curing of frothed (PORON® – type) foams consists of  ferric acetylacetonate catalyst and a β-diketone inhibitor e.g. acetylacetone or dibenzoyl methane. The catalyst combination allows for handling of the raw materials at 55°C for 5 minutes without reacting.  Frothed foams tend to have improved properties, like compression set as compared to conventional foams.

Tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III)

Tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III)  (Wikipedia)

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