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2019 Polyurethanes Technical Conference

 
 This schedule is tentative. A fully detailed schedule will be available soon!

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  • Monday, October 7, 2019
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    Plenary Sessions

    9:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Opening Session
     

    Technical Sessions

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Automotive 1: Novel Methods on VOC Reduction, Lightweighting, and Adhesion
    This session will begin with a presentation of a roadmap towards global harmonization of VOC methods. The second paper will discuss the development of low VOC polyurethane polyols and isocyanates. The third paper will illustrate a recently developed anti-scorch package with lower VOCs. The following paper will present new low odor, low emission silicone surfactants for automotive interior applications. We will conclude this session with a paper discussing lightweighting through nanocellulose additives.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Blowing Agents
    The session covers additives and optimization of the new generation of blowing agents. Included in this session is a study showing optimization of the surfactant for Opteon™ 1100/Opteon™ 1150 in the appliance industry. The second paper introduces new catalyst solutions to improve shelf life while still providing a fast cream time for foams. Next, optimization of the energy efficiency with Opteon™ 1100 and Opteon™ 1150 will be presented. The final paper will demonstrate the combination of methylal with Solstice® LBA.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    EH&S
    This EH&S session will highlight key regulatory issues and ongoing advocacy in the aromatic (TDI and MDI) isocyanate industry. The first session will highlight regulatory and legislative advocacy on which the Panel is focused and methods to communicate to the downstream industries. The next session examines the potential for migration of TDI and MDI from finished polyurethane products and the potential for exposure. Following is an update on the research work that CPI has funded to support development of ASTM standards. Finally, the last presentation reviews the EPA’s TRI Program, the CPI RCAP tool, and long-term trends of reported TDI and MDI data.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Fundamentals & Modeling
    This session starts with the first paper examining methods for enhancing urethane thermosets and molded electrical composites via 3D prototyping. Next, we look at the development of foam model simulation based on flow, blowing and gelling reactions for the characterization of cell structure. The third paper will examine the development of a chamber test model to determine flame retardant sorption on airborne particles. After the break, the next presentation will investigate characterizing and quantifying the kinetics and formation of TDI carbodiimides using Density Functional Theory (DFT). This session will conclude by using molecular genetic tools to modify the properties of microalgae to produce novel renewable polyols.
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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    Technical Sessions

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    CASE: Coatings
    We will kick this session off with a conversation the sustainable aspects of reducing nutrient pollution with polyurethane encapsulants. Next, we will discuss the impact of blocking isocyanate groups with caprolactam to create high performance prepolymers. This will be followed by an exploration of novel oligomeric diamines and their use in creating polyurea systems. We will continue our deep dive into polyurea coatings with an ecofriendly polyaspartic polyol-based solution and explore PUD coatings for textile applications derived from bio-based sources.
    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Flexible Foam
    This session will review new technologies and testing for flexible foam applications. The first paper will describe performance of antimicrobial additives in a variety of different polyol types. This will be followed with information on the formulation parameters that influence compression set performance. Presenters will then showcase improved flame retardancy from foam made using a new polyol. The session will conclude with a study of flammability performance of furnishings that meet various regional standards tested in a room setting.
    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

    Every year progress is made towards the harmonization of the Global VOC standards, but 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 annual session assembles a panel of experts from the global automotive manufactures to update attendees on the progress that has been made towards the quest for the harmonization of the automotive interior VOC standards since the last conversation. The panel's presentation will be followed by open dialogue with the audience to generate thoughts and ideas for meaningful next steps and the way forward.

    9:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Rigid Construction
    Rigid Polyisocyanurate Insulation is an exciting and ever evolving area within the construction industry. Even though it’s been around for decades, the industry has required constant changes in the areas of formulation, processing, insulation and fire performance to keep up with regulatory changes in building codes and climate change. Our first two papers utilize formulation improvements through new additives designed to work with the latest blowing agents to address improvements to both processing and insulation performance. The third paper uses formulation optimization to address improved long-term, low-temperature insulation performance and our final two papers address improved fire retardancy through the development of new analytical tools or new raw materials.
     

    Workshop

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Environment, Health & Safety Workshop
    This year CPI has partnered with OSHA to provide information related to EHS topics relevant to diisocyanates (i.e., MDI, TDI, HDI, IPDI, and HMDI). This course is developed for professionals who have a desire to understand the concepts of EHS regulations, industrial hygiene, toxicology, medical surveillance and exposure controls, taught by CPI member experts. OSHA will provide an overview of the agency, information on OSHA inspection and enforcement principles, and a brief summary of their findings under the recent National Emphasis Program on Isocyanates.
     

    Technical Sessions

    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    CASE: Adhesive & Elastomers
    This session will start with a presentation on high moisture permeable polyurethane pressure sensitive adhesives for wearable device applications. We will continue our journey into pressure sensitive adhesives with a new waterborne PUD PSA. Next, we will investigate the abrasion performance of polyurethane elastomers with incorporation of various additives. This session will conclude with the demonstration of the use of CO2-containing renewable polyols for elastomers.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Circular Economy: A Sustainability Concept
    This session will start with a study on the ways that the plastics industry and individual companies can work with the growing movement toward a circular economy. This will be followed with a review of a chemical recycling program that addresses thermosets. The final two presenters will give different perspectives on the end of life of mattresses and other home furnishings globally.
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Global Automotive Panel Part 2: Innovations
    Part 2 of the Global Panel features our popular “lightning round” of brief presentations from leading additive and chemical suppliers who are reporting on the latest technical innovations to address the issues discussed 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
    Rigid Foam
    Polyurethane rigid foam is used broadly for packaging, transportation and energy efficiency. This session will begin with a discussion of formulation optimization using structure-property relationships. Next, the development of versatile methods to measure the impact properties of rigid polyurethane used in packaging and transportation will be presented. After the break, there will be two presentations regarding the use of additives in insulating foam applications.
  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
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    Technical Sessions

    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Automotive 2: Improved Methodology in Hardness/Durability Testing
    This session will begin with a presentation on improved test methodology with better accuracy for automotive seating bolsters. This will be followed by a paper discussing a new approach to foam hardness testing that saves time and gives more reliability in the resultant data. The next paper will discuss optimization of durability testing of automotive molded flexible foam. We will conclude the session with a paper on the development of a polyurethane adhesive with better adhesion properties to polypropylene.
    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 all over the globe. This session will highlight some of the authoritative initiatives, programs and regulatory pressures facing the industry. Speakers will cover new developments in U.S. EPA Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program and how it relates to the PU industry, the progress of the European REACH regulation, an update on the regulatory status of flame retardants and TSCA prioritization and new chemical safety determinations. Other late-breaking news could be included as well!
    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Spray Foam
    The focus of this session will be on spray polyurethane foam applications with a focus on fundamental backbone chemistry, blowing agents, and additives for this market. The first paper highlights performance and sustainability improvements for spray foam by utilizing Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CSNL)-based polyols. The second paper highlights a new generation of polyether carbonate polyols with enhanced performance properties. The third paper details solutions utilizing Opteon™ 1100/1150 co-blowing solutions for low temperature spray foam applications. Finally, the session will wrap up with surfactant solutions for improved stability in open-cell low density spray foam applications.
     

    Plenary Sessions

    11:30 AM  -  1:30 PM
    Closing Awards Lunchen
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