Polyurethane elastomers based on novel polyether macrodiols and MDI

synthesis, mechanical properties, and resistance to hydrolysis and oxidation

Pathiraja A. Gunatillake, Gordon F. Meijs, Ezio Rizzardo, Ronald C. Chatelier, Simon McCarthy, Arthur Brandwood, Klaus Schindhelm

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Abstract

Novel polyurethane elastomers based on 4,4′-diphenylmethanediisocyanate, 1,4-butanediol, and polyether macrodiols that have 6, 8, or 10 methylene groups between the ether oxygens were prepared by two-step solution polymerization. Their mechanical properties and degradation resistance were compared with poly (tetramethylene oxide)-based polyurethanes. The new polyurethanes were more resistant to hydrolysis and to hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidation than were the poly (tetramethylene oxide)-based materials. The poly (octamethylene oxide) -based polyurethane displayed good resistance to sodium hypochlorite. 1,2-Diaminoethane chain-extended polyurethane-ureas were also prepared using the macrodiols poly (hexamethylene oxide) and poly (octamethylene oxide). They were not thermally processable or solvent-castable. Bulk synthesis of novel polyether polyurethanes yielded, in some cases, materials with improved mechanical properties compared with their solution-polymerized counterparts. The outcome of the bulk syntheses was highly dependent, however, on reaction conditions and stoichiometry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-328
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Elastomers
Polyurethanes
Polyethers
Hydrolysis
Oxidation
Mechanical properties
Oxides
ethylenediamine
Sodium Hypochlorite
Hydrogen peroxide
Urea
Stoichiometry
Ether
Hydrogen Peroxide
Ethers
Polymerization
Sodium
Oxygen
Degradation

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  • Polymers and Plastics

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Polyurethane elastomers based on novel polyether macrodiols and MDI : synthesis, mechanical properties, and resistance to hydrolysis and oxidation. / Gunatillake, Pathiraja A.; Meijs, Gordon F.; Rizzardo, Ezio; Chatelier, Ronald C.; McCarthy, Simon; Brandwood, Arthur; Schindhelm, Klaus.

In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 46, No. 2, 1992, p. 319-328.

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Gunatillake, Pathiraja A. ; Meijs, Gordon F. ; Rizzardo, Ezio ; Chatelier, Ronald C. ; McCarthy, Simon ; Brandwood, Arthur ; Schindhelm, Klaus. / Polyurethane elastomers based on novel polyether macrodiols and MDI : synthesis, mechanical properties, and resistance to hydrolysis and oxidation. In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 1992 ; Vol. 46, No. 2. pp. 319-328.
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