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2018 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

 
 
This schedule is tentative.

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  • Sunday, September 30, 2018
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    Professional Development Program

    9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
    PU 101: Polyurethane Chemistry
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    PU 104A: Polyurethane Adhesives & Sealants
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    PU 105: Introduction to Polyurethane Processing and Equipment
     Optional  Closed 
  • Monday, October 1, 2018
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    Professional Development Program

    9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
    PU 102A: Flexible Foam Market Overview
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
    PU 102B: Rigid PU Foam Market
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
    PU 104B: Polyurethane Coatings and Elastomers
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Plenary Sessions

    9:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Opening Session
     

    Technical Sessions

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Appliance
    The Appliance Session will provide updates on appliance processing improvements through new chemistries and new processing equipment. The first paper will discuss the use of Opteon™ blowing agents in cold chain applications. The second paper details the use of silicone surfactants for rigid foam formulations containing HFO blowing agents. The third paper explains fast demolding technology through new chemistries for insulation foams in appliances. The second half of the session will begin with a discussion of a more contemporary approach using a higher degree of automation in mixed production of refrigerator doors. Our session will wrap up with an explanation of the impact of Cannon processing equipment on Honeywell Solstice® liquid blowing agent appliance foam.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Environmental, Health and Saftey Issues Part 1
    This EH&S session will highlight key regulatory issues and ongoing advocacy in the aromatic (TDI and MDI) isocyanate industry. The session’s first paper will highlight Federal, State and Canadian Provincial advocacy and how manufacturers are communicating to the downstream industries. The next paper will report on the industry’s 5-year study with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the TDI production plants looking at the incidence of occupational asthma. Continuing with a discussion of health effects from TDI, an evaluation of thresholds for respiratory effects will also be considered. The last presentation pulls together many of the issues raised in the previous two papers and focuses on concerns related to the rationale used in the recent American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygienists’ (ACGIH) decision to lower the TDI TLV.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Flexible Foam
    The flexible foam session will cover technologies ranging from new processing innovations to novel chemistry advances. The first paper will introduce the latest developments in high pressure mix head technology. The second paper discusses a new catalyst to reduce the unsaturation levels of polyols for improved durability and comfort. The third paper discusses an eco-friendly additive for reducing the yellowing properties of flexible foam. The fourth paper will present a new sustainable chemistry for viscoelastic foam that improves mechanical properties. The final paper introduces a low GWP HFO blowing agent for integral skin applications.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Sustainability and Circular Economy
    This session will explore sustainably derived raw materials for the polyurethane industry. The first two presentations highlight polyol synthesis from sustainable intermediates – CO2 and 1,3-Propanediol. Following the break, the next two presentations will cover the conversion of bio-based feed stocks – lignin and coffee – into usable polyurethane materials. An overview presentation describing how all of these approaches can play a role in a circular economy will also be included in this session.
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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    Technical Sessions

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    CASE: Elastomers & Binders
    This session will start by exploring material replacement opportunities PVC films with polyurethane blends. This will be followed with information comparing plasticizers in MDI-polyether and MDI-polyester backbones for TPUs. Presenters will then showcase performance characteristics of cast elastomers as compared to TPUs. After the break, attendees will learn about the nuances of compression set performance vs. test conditions. The session will conclude with an update on the use of micronized aromatic polyphenylene ether in TPU applications.
    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Environmental, Health and Safety Issues Part 2
    This EH&S session will highlight key ongoing research in spray polyurethane foam correlating industrial hygiene monitoring with laboratory testing to predict exposure. The first paper will discuss ongoing research into amine catalysts and re-entry time. The second paper presentation will discuss the status of research, method development, and validation of the current ASTM D22.05 on Indoor Air to measure SPF emissions using a chamber test method. The next presentation looks at emission chamber methods to evaluate VOC testing from flexible PU foam. The following presentation compares the present impinger (liquid) sampling method for collection of monomeric (2 ring) and polymeric (3 ring) MDI to a new dry sampler called the Asset EZ4NCO. The last presentation examines a chamber test and modeling of TCPP (a common flame retardant for PU foam) and a semi-volatile organic compound (sVOC) as an indoor air pollutant.
    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Global Automotive Panel Part 1:
    The Current Challenges and Opportunities Towards the Harmonization of Global VOC Standards/Specifications for Polyurethane Interior Automotive Parts

    Although progress has been made towards the harmonization of the Global VOC standards, the challenges are still immense and require continuing collaborative efforts by global automotive manufacturers and suppliers. The overarching goal is to achieve realistic specifications that will allow for accuracy, speed, reliability and practicality of the analytical protocols required.

    This session assembles a panel of experts from the global automotive manufactures, academia and Euro-Moulders to update attendees on the progress that has been made towards the quest for the harmonization of the automotive interior VOC standards and new legislations. The panel's presentation will be followed by open dialogue with their colleagues in the audience to generate thoughts and ideas for meaningful next steps and the way forward.

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Materials for Spray and Rigid Foam: Two Important Additives
    This session will discuss different materials that can be used in the manufacturing of polyurethanes, including new catalysts, polyols and blowing agents. The first paper will address the common challenges and misconceptions around formulating with metal catalyst, particularly bismuth for spray polyurethane foams, to help overcome challenges like shelf life, processing, adhesion, and foam physical properties. The next paper will discuss how carbon dioxide can be utilized as a feedstock for the production of PU polyols rather than simply being considered a waste stream. After the break, we will discuss formulation of spray foam systems with Solstice® LBA, focusing on polyol vapor pressure, blend shelf life and spray foam quality issues. The session will conclude with a paper discussing the uses of OpteonTM 1100 and Opteon™ 1150, specifically in the spray construction industry.
     

    Professional Development Program

    9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
    PU 100: Introduction to Polyurethane
     Optional  Closed 
    9:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
    PU 201: Raw Materials and Testing, Specifications and Performance
     Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    PU 204: Physical Testing of PU Foams
     Optional  Closed 
     

    Technical Sessions

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Blowing Agent & Flame Retardants

    The session is split between two different important additives for rigid polyurethane foam. The first three papers will cover blowing agents, and after the break, two papers will address on flame retardants. In the first paper, Opteon™ 1100 and its contribution to environmental performance will be examined. Then a study will show a method to estimate the blowing agents at manufacturing sites. The last blowing agent paper explores a new innovative blowing agent.

    The first flame retardant paper will introduce a novel phosphorous based product, followed by a paper on oligomeric phosphate as a reactive, non-migrating additive for polyurethane systems.

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    CASE: Coatings and Binders
    This session will start with a mathematical modeling exploration of polyurethane structure property relationships for coatings formulations. This will be followed with information on CO2 based polyols for CASE systems applications. Presenters will then showcase high functional low viscosity polyesters for coatings. After the break, attendees will learn about the blocking/unblocking of isocyanate groups. The session will conclude with an update on the use of polyurethane prepolymers for wood composite panels.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Global Automotive Panel Part 2: Discussion
    Part 2 of the Global Panel features a “lightning round” of brief presentations from leading additive and chemical suppliers who are reporting on the latest technical innovations to address the issues discussed in during the first panel discussion. A facilitated dialogue with suppliers and stakeholders follows to consider next steps in the pathway to harmonization of methods.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    PIR Additives and Rigid Foam Modeling
    The use of rigid foam is critical to improving energy efficiency because of its high insulation value in both construction and cold chain applications. This session will discuss several surfactant, catalyst, and additive approaches to enhance processing, properties, and aging of polyisocyanurate (PIR) foams. Also discussed will be a modeling approach to enhance the insulation value of rigid foam and a testing method which allows for real time monitoring of the foaming process and the build-up of foam mechanical properties.
     

    Conference Activities

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    EH&S Workshop
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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    Technical Sessions

    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Automotive: Solutions for Reducing VOCs: Emissions, Odor, and Fog
    This session will begin with a presentation on reactive amines and understanding the mechanisms of how aging impacts the foam properties with proposed solutions. This will be followed by a paper discussing flame retardants with low/no VOCs and low odor in automotive PU foams. The third paper will illustrate proposed catalysts to reduce VOCs, fog, and odor for automotive applications. The next paper will present a novel polyol/catalyst system for low VOC emissions with improved foam properties in seating backrest applications. The session will conclude with a paper on a polyol with low amounts of by-products which allows for increased molecular weight and improved physical properties in automotive seating.
    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Chemistry & Fundamentals
    This session starts with the first paper examining the use of polyester polyol and polycarbonate diol mixtures for improved properties and ageing resistance in the synthesis of polyurea waterborne adhesives. Next, we look at novel co-polymerizable benzotriazole Ultra Violet Absorbers (UVA) for use in polyurethanes and polyurethane dispersions. The third paper will cover the effects of steric hindrance on thermoset materials when MDI prepolymers are prepared using various amounts of 2,4’-MDI isomers. After the break the next presentation will look at the fabrication of novel polurea foam and their testing/analysis. The session will conclude with a description of novel aromatic polyols and their use in the production of rigid polyurethane foam.
    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Global Regulatory Roundtable
    Polyurethanes and the raw materials that are used to manufacture them continue to be of interest to regulators at all levels within the U.S. and NAFTA. This session will highlight some of the authoritative initiatives, programs and regulatory pressures facing the industry. Speakers will cover the progress of the European REACH regulation, Canada's risk management plan under its Chemicals Management Plan (CMP), new developments in U.S. EPA Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program and how it relates to the PU industry, an update on California Department Toxic Substance Control’s (DTSC) proposed regulation on spray foam, and an update on the regulatory status of flame retardants.
     

    Plenary Sessions

    11:30 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Closing Session & Awards Luncheon
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