Practitioner's Approach to PU

Shropshire, UK


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  • 20-21 Nov 2024
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Course overview

The course is aimed at individuals who already have an understanding of the basic constituents of PU, wanting to look deeper into how to use polyurethane science and technology.  It is also ideal for those with in depth experience of polymer chemistry but who are new to polyurethane.

It provides a comprehensive view of 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. It also explains how processors achieve the extraordinary range of forms and properties possible.
The course explores polyurethane chemistry along with the numeric methodology needed to rapidly build knowledge of the structure-property relationship in a particular application. It also covers the use of rapid learning techniques such as design of experiments. 

Learning outcomes

  • Best practice formulation methodology, using DOE, and software
  • 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

Course content

  • Product formulation using DOE
    • 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.
  • PU Applications
    • In depth description of a whole range of current PU applications.
  • Composition - constituents, catalysts, additives
    • A chemical understanding of all polyurethane constituents and catalysts 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.
  • Formulation - calculation methods and tools
    • The calculation methods and tools used to formulate PU systems, pre-polymers and polyurethane dispersions etc.
  • Testing and measurement
    • Properties of raw materials, PU systems and end products.
    • How to handle the data by using some simple statistical techniques.
  • Different polyurethane end uses and ther formulation
    • 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

  • Eileen Lancaster
  • Eileen has over 40 years’ experience in the Polyurethane industry in a wide variety of roles including manufacturing, quality control, R&D, technical service and technical sales.
    She has worked for global companies such as BASF, Dow and Huntsman (IFS) as well as smaller systems houses.
    Eileen now provides consultancy support to clients with technical and commercial projects in many parts of the world including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Russia, Poland, Turkey and UK. Her expertise includes formulation and process optimisation advice in many market segments where polyurethane is used. She also uses her supply chain understanding and relationships to help clients develop their products.

What our delegates say

"Very very comprehensive and incredibly useful"
Adam Nevin (Trelleborg)

"Plenty of opportunities to ask questions"
Felicity Boyce (D30)

Gain CPD credits

Smithers is an IOM3 Quality Assured training provider and our courses are approved towards professional development.

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Practitioner's Approach to PU

Length 2 days