Practical Guide to Flexible Polyurethane Foams
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Polyurethanes are one of the most versatile and exciting materials of the plastics family. Although there are many types, the flexible and viscoelastic foams have opened up vast possibilities, both as viable business ventures, expanding applications and have established themselves as an essential part of people's daily life, replacing traditional materials over the years.
This book imparts a sound knowledge of flexible and viscoelastic polyurethane foams from its chemistry to calculations and formulating methodology for quality production. The author also presents very valuable detailed information on foam manufacturing, based on over 40 years hands-on experience in both the local and international scenes. The detailed presentation of two manufacturing set-ups will greatly benefit entrepreneurs, medium volume producers and the large manufacturers. For the entrepreneurs, the innovative low-cost start-up, high profit, tried and tested methods will no doubt be very encouraging. The medium to large volume producers will find the information provided both interesting and practical to solve inherent problems of excess wastage, better process control and plant efficiency thus enhancing profitability.
Due to global environmental concerns, as polyurethane chemical components move from petroleum sources to bio-based renewable resources, developers are facing interesting challenges. For continued profitable production, challenges facing the foam machinery manufacturers will be to offer cost-effective, highly-efficient and compatible machinery to producers. This book provides practical guidance in all aspects of flexible polyurethane foam manufacture and is an ideal information source for students, teachers, producers and entrepreneurs.