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Patented July 30, 1”‘46
Alfred J. Jennings, Bridgeport, Conn., assignor to
E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Wilming
ton, Del., a corporation of Delaware
No Drawing. Application December 24, 1943,
Serial No. 515,593
11 Claims. (Cl. 117-76)
This invention relates to an improved car
buretor diaphragm and more particularly to a
thermosetting resin such as phenol-formalde
hyde resin followed by the application of a coat
carburetor diaphragm which is resistant to hydro
carbon fuels high in aromatic hydrocarbon
The preparation of carburetor diaphragms par
ing of an aromatic hydrocarbon resistant com
position, for example, a coating containing Hycar,
Perbunan or Buna N which are copolymers of
butadiene and acrylonitrile.
The following examples are given by way of i1
ticularly-for use in aircraft engines where re
lustration only and no limitations are intended
quirements are unusually severe has presented a
thereby except as indicated in the appended
perplexing problem. In such utility the car
buretor diaphragm must be resistant to humidity 10 claims.
Example 1
changes and to aircraft fuels containing appre
Percent by weight
ciable amounts of aromatic hydrocarbon. Also,
Phenol formaldehyde resin _____________ __ 13.3
flexibility must be maintained at the very low
Buna N (butadiene-acrylonitrile copoly
temperatures encountered in the higher ?ying
altitudes. vEarlier carburetor diaphragms based 15 mer)
on the use of highquality cotton fabrics were
Methyl ethyl ketone ___________________ __
quite susceptible to changes in humidity and be
came distorted due to shrinkage or expansion.
Improvements in this respect were achieved by
the use of a fabric base of nylon ?bres but con
ventional coatings of synthetic rubbers such as
neoprene which are quite resistant to the ordi
nary gasoline fuels, were not satisfactory for use
This intermediate or primer coating was ap
x" plied to both sides of #911 nylon parachute fabric
with a conventional doctor blade and dried by
passing the coated fabric through a convection
drying tunnel at 160° F. The ?nal total coating
with fuel blends containing aromatic hydrocar
weight (including both sides) was about 0.1 oz.
bons. Attempts to substitute aromatic hydrocar 25 per square yard.
bon resistant coatings containing Hycar or Per
An aromatic hydrocarbon resistant coating
bunan synthetic rubbers failed because of lack of
consisting of the following composition was ap
satisfactory adhesion.
plied over the primer coat on both sides of the
The improved diaphragm of the present inven
fabric by means of a conventional rubber
tion, however, overcomes the de?ciencies of pre 30 spreader.
viously available diaphragms and has demon
Example 2
strated its marked superiority under extensive
Percent by weight
service in aircraft engines operating under the
Hycar (DR-15 __________ __‘ ____________ -_
most stringent conditions.
Dibutyl "Cellosolve” sebacate 1 _________ __ 12.00
This invention has as an object the provision 35 Zinc oxide_____ __- ____________________ __
of a coated fabric which is highly resistant to
Neozone A 2 __________________________ __
fuels containing appreciable amounts of aromatic
Stearic acid
hydrocarbon. Another object is the provision of
Gastex (semi-reinforcing carbon black) __ 15.00
a coated fabric which is resistant to extreme hu
midity changes. A further object is the provision 40
of a coated fabric which maintains excellent flex
ibility at extremely low temperatures. A still
further object is the provision of a coated fabric
which exhibits a high degree of adhesion between
the coating and the base fabric. A still further 45
object of the invention is the provision of an
improved carburetor diaphragm particularly
adapted for use in carburetors for aircraft en
Super?ne whiting ____________________ __
Zenite A 3
______________________________ __
1 Sebacic acid ester of ethylene lycol monobutyl ether.
‘Phenyl-alpha naphth lamine anti-oxidant .
' Zinc salt of mercapto enzothiozole activat with tetra
methyl-thiuram-monosul?de (accelerator).
The Hycar OR-l5 used in this example is a
butadiene-acrylonitrile copolymer manufactured
zines. Other objects will become apparent as
the description of the invention proceeds.
50 by the Hycar Chemical Co. of Akron, Ohio and
contains about 60% by weight of butadiene and
These objects are accomplished'in accordance
40% by weight of acrylonitrlle.
with the present invention by means of a special
This composition was dissolved in an agitator
treatment of a nylon fabric base with an inter
mediate or primer coating comprising essentially
churn in the following volatile solvent mixture
a copolymer of butadiene and acrylonitrile and a 65 to spreader viscosity using about‘lo parts by
weight of the above composition to 60 parts by
primer coated fabric using as a top coat the
composition of Example 2. In this instance, the
adhesion strength when using the primer of Ex
weight of the solvent mixture.
Percent by weight
Methyl ethyl ketone _____________________ __
ample 1 was more than 3 times that obtained
Ethylene dichloride _____________________ __
Commercial xylene ______________________ __
when the nylon fabric was joined directly to
the compound of Example 3.
Ten coats of the thinned composition were ap
plied to each side of the nylon fabric base carry
ing the previously described primer coat giving a
total coating thickness (both sides of fabric) of
the aromatic fuel resistant coating of about 13
mils. Satisfactory results may be obtained with
The following table includes results of bond
strength tests of nylon fabric coated with Hycar
and Perbunan over the primer of Example 1
10 and for comparison, similar tests with the same
a total topcoat thickness of between about 4
mils and about 30 mils.
The coated fabric was then cured by winding
tightly on a smooth drum with a Holland cloth
liner and placing in an oven for 4 hours at 260° F.
This coated fabric remained ?exible at tem
peratures as low as —40° F.
Aircraft fuels containing aromatic hydrocar
bons have no apparent effects on the coated fab
ric after inde?nite immersion in such fuel blends _
type of nylon fabric attached directly to the
synthetic rubber compound.
Primer coat
Type compound 333111315,
None ______________________________ .. Hycar 03-15.. .__
Example 1 primer ...................... __________ __
None ______________________________ -_
2. 9
l4. 0
Perbunan _______ __
Example 1 primer ______________________ __do __________ ..
1 A 1 inch strip of #911 nylon parachute fabric with and without tho
primer coat of Example 1 was placed on a slab of compound of the
types indicated and press cured for 40 minutes at 287° F. The bond
strength was measured on a Scott tensile tester at a speed of 1 inch per
In Example 1 which shows the primer or inter
whereas in tests using the same nylon fabric
mediate coating in the ?nishing system of the
base to which the coating of Example 2 had been
invention, the proportion of the thermosetting
applied direct, there was failure as evidenced by
resin, 1. e., the phenol-formaldehyde resin to the
severe blistering within 24 hours of immersion.
butadiene-acrylonitrile is given as 2:1. This rep
In fact, with the improved coated fabric no blis
tering was observed after immersion in straight 30 resents the preferred proportions but the inven
tion is also operative when this proportion varies
benzene for a period of ?ve months.
between about 0.1 part and 10.0 parts by weight
The superior adhesion which may be attrib
of thermosetting resin to 1 part of butadiene
uted directly to the use of the primer coat of
acrylonitrile copolymer,
Example 1 is shown by pull tests in a Scott
Other thermosetting resins alone or in admix
tensile tester where the adhesion of the nylon
ture, for example, with the phenolic resin sug
fabric to Hycar using the Example 1 primer coat
gested above, including urea-formaldehyde, vinyl,
was shown to be almost 5 times that obtained
acrylic acid resins and alkyd resins, may also be
when the nylon fabric was joined directly to
employed in the primer composition.
the Hycar compound (see table below).
The Buna N given in Example 1 may be re
Example 3
placed wholly or in part by other types of buta
Percent by weight
diene-acrylonitrile copolymers such as I-Iycar and
Perbunan 1 ___________________________ __
Dibutyl sebacate ______________________ __
Tributoxyethyl phosphate ______________ __
oxide ______________ _~_ ____________ __
Neozone A ____________________________ __
Channel black ________________________ __
Super?ne whiting _____________________ __
Zenite A ______________________________ __
1This material is of the type disclosed in U. S. Patent
This composition was dissolved in the follow
ing volatile solvent mixture to spreader viscosity
using 40 parts by weight of the composition to
60 parts by weight of the volatile solvent.
Percent by weight 60
Methyl ethyl ketone ___________________ __
Commercial xylene ____________________ __
In general, it is preferred to use a
copolymer consisting of about 40% to 70% of
butadiene by weight to about 60% to 30% by
weight of acrylonitrile.
The concentration of the thermosetting resins
and the butadiene-acrylonitrile copolymer may
be varied considerably but the application vis
cosity must be kept low in order to secure a par
tial impregnation of the fabric base so as to af
ford maximum anchorage for the top coat. For
best results this viscosity has been found to be
between about 20 and 30 seconds in a Parlin 10
cup. (Reference: Physical and Chemical Exami
nation of Paints, varnishes and Lacquers, H. A.
Gardner, 1939, p. 224.) Other solvents such as
ethyl acetate may also be employed with satis
factory results.
In some instances, it may be desirable to in
clude a plasticizing material in the primer com
position and for this purpose, such materials as
the sebacic acid ester of ethylene glycol mono
butyl ether, tricresyl phosphate, triphenyl phos
100.0 65 phate and dibutyl phthalate are satisfactory.
It was applied to #911 nylon parachute fabric
Although the examples illustrate the invention
over the primer coat of Example 1 in accord
by the use of nylon #911 parachute fabric, sat
ance with the procedure shown in Example 2.
isfactory results have also been secured with
The curing treatment also followed the descrip
heavier nylon fabric designated as #908 cargo
tion given in Example 2.
70 parachute type.
In this instance, it was found that the coated
In diaphragms, such as air diaphragms for
fabric maintained desired ?exibility' in tempera
intercommunication systems in high altitude air
tures as low as —65° F. Resistance to gasoline
craft, that are not subject to exposure to aro
fuel blends containing aromatic hydrocarbon and
matic hydrocarbons, the primer coat has also
to benzene was similar to that obtained with the 76 proven useful in providing an improved adhesion
of neoprene (polymerized chloropi.
.~) to nylon
setting resin and a butadiene-acrylonitrile co
polymer and a top coat containing a synthetic
rubber selected from the class consisting of a
copolymer of butadiene and acrylonitrlle and
fabric base where the bond strength was shown
to be almost 3 times that obtained when the neo
prene is attached directly to the nylon base.
The construction of the present invention while 6
of general utility for purposes where ?exibility
at extremely low temperatures is required, is of
particular utility where products of this type
7. Process for manufacturing ?exible, aro
matic hydrocarbon resistant coated fabric com
prising applying a solution of a thermosetting
are exposed to aromatic hydrocarbons such as
resin and a copolymer of butadiene and acryloni
contained in aircraft fuels, thus making the im 10 trile to a nylon fabric base, evaporating the
proved coated fabric of outstanding importance
‘solvent and applying a synthetic rubber polymer
as carburetor diaphragms for aircraft engines.
compound containing a butadiene-acrylonitrlle
Other important uses include fuel pump con
copolymer as the essential and major ingredient
struction, gasoline hose interior, covering for
and subsequently curing the coatings.
electric cables and gaskets for sealing fuel tanks. 15
8. Process of claim 7 in which the curing is
The invention is characterized by a number of
accomplished by heating at about 260° F. for
important advantages, chief of which is the com
about 4 hours.
plete absence of blistering or other failure of the
9. Process for manufacturing ?exible coated
coated fabric on long exposure to aromatic hy
fabric comprising applying a solution of a ther
drocarbons and internal combustion engine fuels 20 mosetting resin and a copolymer of butadiene
containing this type of hydrocarbon. Of great
and acrylonitrile to a nylon base, evaporating
importance also is the high degree of ?exibility
the solvent and applying a synthetic rubber poly
which with the construction of the present in
mer compound containing polymerized chloro
vention is maintained at temperatures as low
prene as the essential and major ingredient and
as —65° F‘. Another advantage resides in the 25 subsequently curing the coatings.
excellent adhesion of the aromatic hydrocarbon
10. An aromatic hydrocarbon resistant car
resistant coating to the nylon fabric base coat
buretor diaphragm which remains ?exible at ex
secured through the use of the primer coating of
tremely low temperatures comprising a nylon
the present invention which has been demon
strated as being several times that secured when 3 O fabric base coated on both sides with a plurality
of coatings consisting of an intermediate thin
the aromatic resistant compound is joined di
primer coat of a thermosetting phenol-formalde
rectly to the nylon fabric base. The new con
hyde resin and a butadiene-acrylonitrile co~
struction is also highly resistant to humidity
polymer in the proportion of about 2 parts by
changes and does not become distorted through
shrinkage or expansion from such effects as fre 35 weight of said resin to 1 part by weight of said
copolymer and a top coat of a synthetic rubber
quently occurs with previously available car
compound containing a butadiene-acrylonitrile
buretor diaphragm materials.
copolymer as the essential and major ingredient.
It is apparent that many widely different em
11. A ?exible, aromatic hydrocarbon resistant
bodiments of the invention may be made with
out departing from the spirit and scope thereof 40 coated fabric, particularly adapted for use as
aircraft carburetor diaphragms comprising a
and, therefore, it is not intended to be limited
nylon fabric base carrying a coating on both
except as indicated in the appended claims.
sides of a primer consisting of a phenol
I claim:
forznaldehyde thermosetting resin and a buta
1. A ?exible, aromatic hydrocarbon resistant
diene-acrylonitrile copolymer in the ratio of 2
coated fabric, particularly adapted for use as
aircraft carburetor diaphragms, comprising a ‘’ parts by weight of said thermosetting resin to
.-1 part by weight of said copolymer and a top
nylon fabric base, a thin primer coat containing
coat on both sides over said primer consisting
a thermosetting resin and a butadiene-acryloni
of approximately the following composition:
trile copolymer and a top coat comprising a co
polymer of butadiene and acrylonitrile.
Per cent
2. Coated fabric of claim 1 in which the primer
by weight
coat contains a phenol-formaldehyde thermo
Butadiene~acrylonitrile copolymer (60:40)- 45.00
setting resin.
Sebacic acid ester of ethylene glycol mono
3. Coated fabric of claim 1 in which the primer
butyl ether _________________________ __ 12.00
coat is applied to a total weight of between about 55 Zinc oxide ____________________________ __ 3.75
0.1 and 1.0 ounce per square yard.
Anti-oxidant (Neozone A) _____________ __ 0.38
4. Coated fabric of claim 1 in which the primer
Stearic acid __________________________ _.. 0.38
coat contains a thermosetting resin and a buta
diene-acrylonitrile copolymer in the proportion
of about 2:1 parts by weight.
5. Coated fabric of claim 1 in which the total
top coat thickness is between 4 mils and 30 mils.
6. A ?exible coated fabric particularly adapted
for use as diaphragms comprising a nylon fabric
base, a thin primer coat containing a thermo 05
Carbon black _________________________ __ 15.00
Super?ne whiting _____________________ __ 22.10
Accelerator (Zenite A) ________________ __ 0.64
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