Urethane is the name given to a class of NCO (isocyanate) terminated resins with cross linking or chain extension intermediates called curing agents. Urethane is often used as an alternative term for polyurethane.
Basically, polyurethane is a polymer — a chemical compound or mixture of compounds formed by polymerization and consisting of repeating structural units. Some of the repeating units are urethane groups — a chemical linkage of a specific assembly of atoms in a particular pattern.
Urethane is a chemical group consisting of (R1-O-CO-NH-R2) and polyurethane is a material that incorporates many urethane groups.
This being the case, there is no difference between a urethane part and a polyurethane part — they are all made up of urethane groups. The term polyurethane simply means there are multiple urethanes being used.
There are ten major groups of urethanes:
- MDI-Polyesters: produce FDA dry and wet food grade urethanes in the normal hardness range from 85 Durometer A to 45 Durometer D. They are tough, abrasion resistant and tear resistant.
- TDI-Polyesters: produce urethanes from 50 Durometer A to 75 Durometer D which are tough, abrasion resistant, and with excellent oil and aliphatic solvent resistance.
- MDI-Polyethers: produce urethanes with higher resilience, better impingement type abrasion resistance, good dynamic performance, improved hydrolysis resistance and excellent low-temperature properties. Some are adaptable to FDA and USDA application for wet and dry food contact.
- TDI-Polyethers: have excellent low temperature and dynamic properties, microbial resistance and long term water resistance.
- TODI Polycaprolactone: Excellent heat resistance, hydrolysis resistance and superior mechanical properties.
- PPDI: Terminated polyesters and polyethers offer superior performance at higher temperatures.
- MDI: Diphenylmethane Diisocyanate
- TDI: Toluene Diisocyante
- PPDI: Paraphenylene Diisocyanate
- TODI: Toluidine Diisocyanate
Taken together, urethanes possess:
- Oil, water and weather resistance, ozone and oxidation resistance, and resistance to many chemicals. Some are radiation, fungus, and bacteria resistant.
- High tensile and tear strength compared to other elastomers.
- Outstanding abrasion resistance compared to metals, plastics, and other elastomers.
- Higher load bearing capacity than other elastomers. Higher impact resistance and resilience than plastics.
- Excellent retention of properties at very low temperatures and at temperatures up to 220°F (104°C). (Bonded to metal to 160°F (71°C).
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