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Bio-Based Polyester Polyols for Performance Polyurethane Elastomers

The rising demand for “green,” bio-sourced raw materials and intermediates originates from the concept of sustainability. In our industry, sustainability is about employing materials that are safe, efficient to use and derived from renewable resources. 

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High Performance Cast Polyurethane Elastomers based on PTMEG, MDI, and BDO

Cast polyurethane elastomers based on 1,4-butanediol (BDO)-extended MDI systems using PTMEG as the soft segment are among the most useful polyurethane materials, offering cost and performance advantages.  We see these elastomers used in a myriad of diverse cast urethane applications including wheels, heavy duty casters and tires for lift trucks, mowers; and all-terrain vehicles; industrial belts, wiper blades, and chute liners; pipe, hose, pump components, and tank liners used in abrasive service; mining, power, and oil-field equipment such as gaskets, valves, hydro cyclones, screens, and flotation parts; athletic shoes, boots and recreational equipment; and medical devices.

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Capturing the Limitless Potential of Polyurethanes using Polycaprolactone Polyols

Using the broad range of unique polycaprolactone polyols available from Gantrade and Daicel Corporation, formulators can custom-tailor polyurethanes to achieve greater levels of performance.  Polycaprolactone polyols in polyurethanes can enhance the capabilities of existing polyurethanes or enter new applications by displacing other material systems, such as rubber and epoxies.

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The Impact of Different Polyols on the Properties of Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants and Elastomers

We have written in this space about different performance polyols used to achieve the desired performance of elastomers in various applications. In addition to the disocianate type, polyols offer formulators an ability to achieve a variety of processing and performance advantages.

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Caprolactone Monomer:  A Gateway Building Block for Advanced Performance Intermediates

Caprolactone monomer is a reactive cyclic-lactone ester which is easily ring-opening polymerized to produce a wide variety of performance intermediates with advanced polymer architectures based on the polycaprolactone unit.  

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Ultimate Performance Polyurethanes Based on Polycarbonate Diols

All polyol classes used in polyurethanes have a set of unique attributes that make them useful as the soft-segment in specific polyurethane elastomer applications.

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Dynamic Performance of Polyurethanes Based on Polycaprolactone Polyols

Polycaprolactone polyols are a special class of polyester polyols preferred in polyurethane elastomer applications where high dynamic durability, broad temperature profiles, very good hydrolysis resistance, and exceptional elastomeric properties are required.  Polyester polyols, as a class, are generally selected for urethane applications where high tensile strength and tear resistance, sliding abrasion resistance, flex fatigue resistance, oil, grease and solvent resistance, and high temperature and oxidative stability are needed.

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Making the CASE for Polycaprolactone Polyols

Polycaprolactone polyols are considered a special class of aliphatic polyester polyols, used as the soft block segment of high-performance polyurethane elastomers. The polycaprolactone polyols can be produced with very low acid values; perfect end-termination functionality; and narrow molecular weight distributions (MWD). These features manifest themselves in polyurethanes characterized by the following property profile, many of which are best-in-class performance attributes.

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Making the CASE for Polyurethane Elastomers: Polyether Polyols vs. Polyester Polyols

CASE (Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, and Elastomers), foam and elastic fiber applications all utilize a diverse family of polyols that includes:

  • Polytetramethylene ether glycols (PTMEG)
  • Polypropylene glycols (PPG)
  • Adipate- and phthalate-based polyesters
  • Polycaprolactone polyols
  • Polycarbonate polyols

Selecting the best polyol for specific formula can be the difference between making a high quality product or a low performance one. The key for making a proper material selection is a good understanding of the inherent characteristics of each polyol chemistry.

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