What is a polymer?
A generic introduction
What are Polyurethanes?
An overview of this highly versatile polymer; its products and applications.
The Basic Science that makes the applications work!
A very concise but important overview of the (complex) chemistry involved and the various basic building blocks that are required to produce the wide range of products, both thermosetting and thermoplastic.
How molecular structure affects the properties of these materials.
Quality Control Techniques
For measuring consistency of these products
The Structure of the PU Supply Chain
Chemical Packages, Systems Houses and Customers - an explanation of the structure of the PU Supply Chain: e.g. the chemical manufacturer, the systems house, the manufacturer or the end user and the economic and logistical factors that impact upon the ‘chemical package’ that the customer purchases.
The function of additives: blowing agents (including water), catalysts, surfactants, UV stabilizers and antioxidants, cell modifiers, flame retardants and others which help to determine and control the properties of PU materials.
Processing and Quality Control Techniques
- Key processing criteria
- Selected applications
Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPU’s)
Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers
PU and the environment:
- Environmental Agencies, considerations
- Recycling (end of use) opportunities