Practitioners Approach to PU

Upcoming course dates

Oct 16-17 2019 - £699.00

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Course duration: 2 days 

Shawbury Shropshire, UK


This course will take place over two days, commencing at 9am on the first day and finishing at 4.15pm on the second day.

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
  • Best practice formulation methodology, using DOE, and software
  • Plenty of tips on achieving rapid results in research and development projects.
  • In depth chemical understanding of polyurethane constituents and the additives which give them functionality.
  • 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. 

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Course Content

  • How to carry out product formulation using DOE (design of experiments) via software to achieve rapid understanding of the application and the routes to optimisation, including many practical tips.
  • In depth description of a whole range of current PU applications.
  • A chemical understanding of all polyurethane constituents and catalysis and how to use them.
  • A thorough description of the chemistry and mechanisms in the use of additives such as flame retardance, anti-static, low surface friction, blowing agents, UV and Oxidative resistance, hydrolysis resistance etc.
  • The calculation methods and tools used to formulate PU systems, pre-polymers and polyurethane dispersions etc.
  • Testing and measurement of all the properties of raw materials, PU systems and end products.
  • How to handle the data by using some simple statistical techniques.
  • Review of Flexible, Rigid Foams and Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers and Binders, i.e. what they are and how to formulate them.
  • Review of recycling methods and novel ideas to make low cost, mouldable products.

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