Phase separation during fast (RIM) poly‐urethane polymerization

Wenliang P. Yang, Chris Macosko

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Phase separation dynamics during a reaction injection molding process of an elastomeric polyurethane was studied via FT‐IR and rheology. 4, 4′ methylenediphenyl isocyanate and 1, 4 butanediol were mixed with 50 wt% of a 2000 molecular weight poly(proplyene oxide)polyol catalyzed by dibutyltin dilaurate. A small reaction injection molding machine was used to impingement mix the chemicals and inject these directly into a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer or into a rheometer. The reaction conversion was followed by the isocyanate absorbance and the development of inter‐urethane hydrogen bonding was related to phase separation dynamics. Isothermal dynamic mechanical modulus build‐up during reaction was monitored by a thin gap parallel plate geometry subjected to small amplitude oscillation. An optimum reaction temperature was found, below which phase separation prematurely cuts off high molecular weight build up. Above this temperature phase separation is too slow and incomplete; modulus values are lower. Increasing catalyst reduces this optimum temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-44
Number of pages22
JournalMakromolekulare Chemie. Macromolecular Symposia
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1989


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