Practitioners Approach to PU

Upcoming course dates

Nov 15-16 2017 - £660.00

Oct 10-11 2018 - £660.00

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Course duration: 2 days 

Shawbury Shropshire, UK


This course provides a comprehensive view of both the constituents of all the various forms of PU available in the market today, and the methodology that should be used to make products with optimum properties. 

There is a significant amount of chemistry used to explain the many mechanisms in place that help processors to achieve the extraordinary range of forms and properties provided by this chemistry.

Polyurethane chemistry will be described along with the numeric methodology needed to rapidly build knowledge of the structure property relationship in the application under scrutiny.  Use of rapid learning techniques such as design of experiments will be covered.

The course is aimed at individuals who already have an understanding of the basic constituents of PU, but who wish to look deeper into how to use polyurethane science and technology.  This course would also suit individuals who have in depth experience of polymer chemistry and are new to Polyurethane.

Learning Outcomes
  • A full understanding of the building blocks that make a polymer and how to assemble them to achieve fit for purpose products
  • Greater knowledge of the additives that can be used to make polyurethanes fit into any application 
  • A broader understanding of the whole PU industry to help conversations with clients, customers and colleagues 
  • An appreciation of the processes carried out to apply polyurethanes 
  • Understanding of the practices needed to carry out product research and development

Course Content

  • Description of a whole range of PU applications
  • A comprehensive look at the building blocks that make the polymer, and how to use them
  • Full range of additives that give added functionality to the PU system, including flame retardance, antistatic, low surface friction, blowing agents, UV and Oxidative resistance, hydrolysis resistance etc.
  • The calculation methods and tools used to formulate PU systems, prepolymers etc.
  • Testing and measuring all the properties of raw materials, PU systems and end products
  • How to handle the data by using some simple statistical techniques
  • The PU conversion processes and how they work
  • How to carry out product formulation using design of experiments to achieve rapid understanding of the application and the routes to optimisation.  There will be many practical tips.
  • Review of Flexible, Rigid foams and Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers and Binders as to what they are and how to formulate them.
  • Review of environmental considerations, and some ideas on recycling.

Who Will Benefit?

Newcomers to the industry who are qualified in chemistry, polymer technology.  As well as individuals directly involved in formulation or synthesis of PU systems and chemicals,

Suppliers to PU industry whether it be raw materials, machinery, or engineering who require in depth understanding to enhance their own developmental activity

PU Systems end-users who need to fully understanding what is used in their systems.

Presenter Information

Bob Moss, C Chem MRSC, Polyurethane Consultant