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ERIC Number: EJ913234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Formulation, Preparation, and Characterization of Polyurethane Foams
Pinto, Moises L.
Journal of Chemical Education, v87 n2 p212-215 Feb 2010
Preparation of laboratory-scale polyurethane foams is described with formulations that are easy to implement in experiments for undergraduate students. Particular attention is given to formulation aspects that are based on the main chemical reactions occurring in polyurethane production. This allows students to develop alternative formulations to the ones given in the experimental procedure. Chemicals and methods used in the experiment are similar to those used in the polyurethane industry, so students gain insight about the chemistry involved in polyurethane foam production. Foam characterization by apparent bulk density is also described and an example of the expected results is given. Additional characterization experiments are suggested with some alternative foam formulations. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A