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United States Patent 0 ’ ice
catalyst used and polyether reactant. As a general guide,
the amounts used range from about 0.001 to 5%, pref
erably about 0.01 to 1.0%, by weight, based on the total
Kenneth L. Brown, Arnionk, N.Y., assignor to Union
Carbide Corporation, a corporation of New York
No Drawing. Filed Apr. 26, 1960, Ser. No. 24,642
Patented Apr. _ 30, 1963
4 Claims.
(Cl. 260-25)
weight of the polyether-isocyanate reaction mixture.
The polycarboxylic acids of the invention are effective
stabilizers for a wide variety of polyurethane foams de
rived from the reaction of polyethers and isocyanates.
The term “polyether” as used herein refers to a com
pound which has a molecular weight of at least about 250,
This invention relates to polyurethane compositions, 10 a plurality of ether oxygens, and contains at least two
and more particularly to cellular foamed polyurethanes
to which improved stability and resistance to heat de
terioration have been imparted by the addition of cer
active hydrogens as measured and determined by the
reactions of di- or polyisocyanates with active hydrogen
propylene polyglycols prepared in‘ a similar manner uti
Zerewitinoif method, J.A.C.S., vol. 49, p. 3181 (1927).
Illustrative polyethers include polyoxyalkylene glycols
such as the polyoxyethylene glycols prepared by the ad
tain polycarboxylic acids.
Synthetic urethane products derived from reactions in 15 dition of ethylene oxide to water, ethylene glycol or di
ethylene glycol; polyoxypropylene glycols prepared by
volving isocyanates with active hydrogen-containing com
the addition of 1,2-propylene oxide to water, propylene
pounds are rapidly becoming competitive with natural
glycol or dipropylene glycol; mixed oxyethylene-oxy
and synthetic rubbers. Urethane polymers formed by
containing compounds, e.g., polyols, polyesters, poly 20 lizing a mixture of ethylene oxide and propylene oxide or
a sequential addition of ethylene oxide and 1,2-propylcne
esteramides, polyamides, water, polyalkylene ether gly
oxide; polyether glycols prepared by reacting ethylene
cols, etc., are readily foamed by internal development
glycol, propylene oxide or mixtures thereof with mono
of carbon dioxide or by means of a blowing agent which
and polynuclear dihydroxy benzenes, e.g., catechol, re
vaporizes at or below the temperature of the foaming
mass. More recently, commercial interest has been di 25 sorcinol, hydroquinone, orcinol, 2,2-bis(p-hydroxyphen
rected to polyether-based urethane foams prepared by
the one-shot and prepolymer techniques in which cata
lysis is effected by an organic tin compound. Organic
tin catalysts offer a considerable number of advantages
y1)propane, bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)methane, and the like;
polyethers prepared by reacting ethylene oxide, propyl
ene oxide or mixtures thereof with aliphatic polyols such
as glycerol, sorbitol, trimethylolpropane, 1,2,6-hexane
among which are controllable reaction rates and effec 30 triol, pentaerythritol, sucrose or glycosides, e.g., methyl,
ethyl, propyl, butyl and Z-ethylhexyl arabinoside, xylo
tive use in small concentrations. One of the more im
portant disadvantages common to such catalysts, how
side, fructoside, glucoside, rhamnoside, etc.; polyethers
ever, is their tendency to promote deterioration of poly
prepared by reacting ethylene oxide propylene oxide or
tensile strength, compression set, elongation and load
bearing properties, which thus limits the utility of the
hydroxytetrahydropyran and 3,3,5,5-tetrakis(hydroxy
methyl)-4-hydroxytetrahydropyran; or polyols containing
sired physical properties. Although the exact mecha
diarnine; benzidine; tolidine; 4,4'-methylenedianiline; 4,
mixtures thereof with alicyclic polyols such as tetra
ether-‘based urethane foams at elevated temperatures.
This is undesirable since the deterioration results in a 35 rnethylolcyclohexanol; polyols containing a heterocyclic
nucleus such as 3,3,5-tris(hydroxymethyl)-5-methyl-4
corresponding loss of desired physical properties, e.g.,
an aromatic nucleus such as 2,2-bis(hydroxyphenyl)
foam for its intended purpose.
The present invention is predicated on the discovery 40 ethanol, pyrogallol, phloroglucinol, tris(hydroxyphenyl)
alkanes, e.g., l,1,3-tris(hydroxyphenyl)ethanes, and 1,1,
that polycarboxylic acids selected from the group of citric
3-tris(hydroxyphenyDpropanes, etc., tetrakis(hydroxy
acid, malic acid and nitrilotriacetic acid are highly effec
phenyl)alkanes, e.g., 1,1,3,3-tetrakis(hydroxy-3-methyl
tive as stabilizers for cellular polyurethane foams pre
pared from polyether-isocyanate reaction systems cata 45 phenyl) propanes, 1, 1,5 ,5 -tetrakis (hydroxyphenyl) butanes,
and the like.
lyzed by an organic tin catalyst. It has been found that
Other suitable polyols include the ethylene oxide, pro
when a minor amount of the above-described polycar
pylene oxide and mixed oxide adducts of aliphatic poly
boxylic acids are incorporated in a polyether-isocyanatel
amines such as ethylene diamine, triethylene diamine,
reaction system of the above type and the mixture sub
sequently foamed by the one-shot, semiprepolymer or 50 etc.; aromatic polyamines such as 0-, m-, and p-phenyl
enediamine; 2,4- and 2,6-diaminotoluene; 2,6-diamino-p
prepolymer technique, improved urethane foams are ob
xylene; 4,6-diamino-m-xylene; 2,4-diamino-m-xylene; 3,5
tained which elfectively resist deterioration at elevated
diamino-o-xylene; 2,6-diaminopyridine; 1,4-naphthylene
temperatures and exhibit a signi?cant retention of de
nism of stabilization is not known, it appears that the 55 4",4"-m-ethylidynetrianiline, and the like.
The molecular weight of the polyether used should
deterioration of polyether-based urethane foams at ele~
range from about 250 to about 12,000 depending upon
vated temperatures is due to an oxidative degradation
the characteristics desired in the foamed urethane product.
which results from an attack on polyether linkages by
As a general rule, cellular urethane foams of maximum
free radicals produced from the organic tin catalyst dur-‘
rigidity are prepared by the use of polyethers having a
ing the curing cycle of the foam. The polycarboxylic
molecular weight range of about 250 to 1250; for semi
acids are believed to prevent the cleavage or degradation
rigid foams the molecular weight of the polyether should
of polyether linkages through their function as a chelat
be about 800 to 1800; and for ?exible open~cell foams ,
ing or sequestering agent for the free radicals.
the polyether should be of increased chain length and
In carrying out the invention the polycarboxylic acids
may be ‘added to the liquid polyether, the isocyanate, 65 have a molecular weight of about 1800 to 12,000.
A variety of isocyamates may be employed for reaction
or the polyether-isocyanate reaction mixture. The mix~
with the polyethers above described to provide urethane
ture is then simultaneously or stepwise foamed in the
foams which can be stabilized according to the invention.
presence of the organo-tin catalyst by internal develop
Preferred isocyanates are polyisocyanates and polyiso
ment of carbon dioxide, or by means of a blowing agent
which vaporizes at or below the temperature of the foam 70 thiocyanates of the general formula:
ing mass.
‘ The amount of polycarboxylic acid employed will vary,
with such considerations as concentration, type of tin
wherein G is oxygen or sulfur, x is an integer of two or
more and R is an alkylene, substituted alkylene, arylene
or substituted arylene radical, a hydrocarbon, or sub
stituted hydrocarbon containing one or more aryl --NCG
between the isocyanate groups and water to form urylene
links (—NHCONH—) and carbon dioxide, as well as the
reaction of the urylene links so formed with unreacted iso
cyanate groups to form biuret cross links. Depending
upon the desired density of the urethane foam and the
amount of cross linking desired, the total —NCO equiva
lent to total active hydrogen equivalent should be such
bonds and one or more alkyl —NCK bond. R can also
include radicals such as —RZR— where Z may be a di
valent moiety such as —O—, —O—R—O—, —CO~,
——CO2——, ~S——, —S-—R-—S—, —SO2——, etc. Examples
of such compounds include hexamethylene diisocyanate,
as to provide a ratio of 0.8 to 1.2 equivalents of —NCO
l,8—diisocyanato—p-mentane, xylylene diisocyanates,
per equivalent of active hydrogen and preferably a ratio
10 of about 0.9 to 1.1 equivalents.
The foaming operation also can be eifected by means
of a blowing agent, such as a low boiling, high molecular
weight gas, which vaporizes at or below the temperature
of the foaming mass. In rigid foams intended for use
in the ?eld of insulation and structural reinforcement the
1—methyl-2,4-diisocyanatocyclohexane, phenylene diiso
cyanates, tolylene diisocyanates, ehlorophenylene diiso
cyanates, diphenylmethane - 4,4’ - diisocyanate, naphtha
1,5 - diisocyanate, triphenylmethane-4,4’,4"-triiso
cyanate, xylene-a,ot'-diisothiocyanate, and isopropylben
incorporation of a gas lowers its heat conductivity. If a
?uorocarbon gas such as trichloromono?uoromethane,
“Ucon 11,” is used in blowing rigid foams, a lower K
factor is obtained than in regid foams of equal density
Further included are dimers and trimers of isocyanates
and diisocyanates and polymeric diisocyanates of the gen
eral formulae:
20 blown with air or carbon dioxide.
The reactions that
occur during this type operation include formation of the
urethane linkage as well as the formation of isocyanates
dimers and trimers. In addition, another reaction that
can occur is the formation of ‘allophanate structures.
Preferred blowing agents are the ?uorocarbons such as
in which x and y are two or more, as well as compounds
of the general formula:
Examples of this type
trichloromono?uoromethane; dichlorodi?uoromethane, di
chloro?uoromethane, 1,l-dichloro-l-?uoroethane; l-chlo
include ethylphosphonic diisocyanate, C2H5P(O) ( NCO) 2;
phenylphosphonic diisocyanate, C6H5P(NCO)2; com
ro-l,l-di?uoro, 2,2-dichloroethane; and 1,1,1-tri?uoro,
2-chloro-2-?uoro, 3,3-di?uoro, 4,4,4-tri?uorobutane. The
in which x is one or more and M is a monofunctional or
polyfunctional atom or group.
pounds containing a ESl—NCG group, isocyanates de
30 amount of blowing agent used will vary with density de
rived from sulfonamides (RSO2NCO), cyanic acid, thio
cyanic acid, and compounds containing a metal-NCG
group such as tributyltin isocyanate.
The preparation of polyether-based urethane foams
sired in the foamed product. In general it may be stated
that for 100 grams of resin mix containing an average
NCO/ OH ratio of 1 to 1, about 0.005 to 0.3 mole of gas
are used to provide densities ranging from 30 to 1 lbs.
35 per cubic foot. If desired, water may be used in conjunc
can be carried out by forming a prepolymer, i.e., pre
reacting molar equivalents of the polyether and isocyanate
tion with the blowing agent.
in the absence of water and thereafter producing a foam
by the addition of excess isocyanate, tin catalyst, water
Organic tin catalysts that are suitable for accelerating
the polyether-isocyanate reaction are compounds having
the general formula:
and surfactant; by the one-shot method in which the poly
ether, blowing agent, and isocyanate reactants are simul 40 (11)
taneously mixed together and allowed to react in the pres
ence of an organic tin catalyst; or by the semiprepolymer
technique wherein the polyether reactant is partially ex
tended with excess isocyanate to provide a reaction
product containing a high percentage of ‘free isocyanate 45 (f)
groups (20~35%) which is then foamed at a later stage
by reaction with additional polyether, a blowing agent and
tin catalyst.
The amount of isocyanate used in the preparation of
?exible, rigid or semirigid foams should be such that there 50
is more than the theoretical amount required to vform a
in which R represents hydrocarbon or substituted hydro
carbon radicals such as alkyl, aralkyl, aryl, alkaryl, al
urethane linkage, —NHCO-—O——, in the polymer result
ing from reaction of the isocyanate with the active hydro
gens of the polyether.
koxy, cycloalkyl, alkenyl, cycloalkenyl, and analogous sub
The amount of isocyanate em
stituted hydrocarbon radicals; the R’ represents hydro
ployed generaly ranges from about 1.0 to 7 equivalents,
preferably 2 to 6 equivalents, per equivalent of polyether.
carbon or substituted hydrocarbon radicals such as those
designated by the R or hydrogen or metal ions, the X
The reaction of excess diisocyanate with a polyoxy
represents hydrogen, halogen, hydroxyl, amino, alkoxy,
propylene glycol produces a polymer having terminal iso
cyanate groups as illustrated by the equation:
substituted alkoxy, acyloxy, substituted acyloxy, acyl radi
60 cals or organic residues connected to tin through a sul?de
Excess OCN~R—NGO + HO(C2H4O),1H ——>
in which R represents an aliphatic, cycloaliphatic or aro
matic diisocyanate exclusive of reactive isocyanate groups
(-—NCO), x is an integer greater than 1 and n is an in
teger such that the molecular weight of the ether glycol
is at least 250. When it is desired to form a foam, the
mixture of the isocyanate-modi?ed polyether reacts 70
through the isocyanate groups with a chain extending
agent containing active hydrogen, e.g., water, in the pres
ence of an organic tin catalyst. This involves several re
actions that proceed. simultaneously including the reaction 75
link; and the Y represents chalcogens including oxygen and
'Among the compounds of group (a) that deserve spe
cial mention are trimethyltin hydroxide, tributyltin hy
droxide, trimethyltin chloride, trimethyltin bromide, tri
butyltin chloride, trioctyltin chloride, triphenyltin chloride,
tributyltin hydride, triphenyltin hydride, triallyltin chlo
ride, tributyltin ?uoride, tributyltin acetate, and tetrabutyl
tin, etc.
The compounds in group (b) that deserve particular
mention and are representative of the group include di
methyltin diacetate, diethyltin diacetate, dibutyltin diace
tate, dioctyltin diacetate, dilauryltin diacetate, dibutyltin
dilaurate, dibutyltin maleate, dimethyltin dichloride, di
butyltin dichloride, dioctyltin dichloride, diphenyltin di
chloride, diallyltin dibromide, diallyltin diiodide, bis(car
nous phenoxide, and 0-, m- and p‘stannous cresoxides,
(in which x is a positive integer), dibutyl-bis[O-acetyl—
Either class of stannous catalysts may be substituted
with hydroxy, halo and keto, etc., groups.
The following examples illustrate the best mode now
contemplated for carrying out the invention.
A typical polyurethane foam formulation was prepared
boethoxymethyl)-tin diiodide, dibutyltin dimethoxide, di
butyltin dibutoxide,
(Cilia) 2SII[OCH2( cHaocHz) x—-1OH2O CH3] 2
acetonyl]-tin, dibutyltin-bis(thiododecoxide), and
all readily prepared by hydrolysis of the corresponding di
halides. Many commercially available compounds used
10 as follows.
[Parts by Weight
vGlycerol-propylene oxide adduct, 3,000
as stabilizers for vinyl resins are also included in this
Among the compounds that are representative of group 15
average molcular weight __________ __
Water (total) _____________________ __
Tetramethyl butanediamine __________ __
(c) are butyltin trichloride, octyltin trichloride, butyltin
triacetate and octyltin tris(thiobutoxide).
Dibutyltin dilaurate ________________ __
Emulsi?er (siloxane-oxyalkylene copoly
Typical among the compounds of group (cl) are di~
methyltin oxide, diethyltin oxide, dibutyltin oxide, di
octyltin oxide, dilauryltin oxide, diallyltin oxide, diphenyl
tin oxide, dibutyltin sul?de, [HOOC(CH2)5]2SnO,
N-methyl morpholine _______________ __
mer) __________________________ __
Tolylenediisocyanate _______________ _ _
3 8. l
Additive _________________________ __ 0.01 to 0.1
Polyurethane foams, 2" x 2" x 1", prepared from the
which [‘OH3O
the x’s CH2
are positive integers).
5] 28110
Methylstannonic acid, ethylstannonic acid, butylstan
nonic acid, octylstannonic acid, HOOC(CH2)5—SnOO'I-I,
(CH3) 3N (CH2) 5SI1OOH
above ingredients were isolated in a quart can with vented
lids and heated to 140° C. The foams were removed
cHaOCHztcHzOcl-lz) x_1CH3SnOOH
periodically and qualitatively examined for failure. Fail
ure occurred when a pointed object, such as a pencil,
would easily penetrate the foam. Table 1 illustrates the
effectiveness of the polycarboxylic acids for imparting im
proved stability and resistance to heat deterioration.
Table l
_ .
are examples of group (e) catalysts and group (j) cata
lysts are represented by HOOSn(CH2),,SnOOH and 35
Time in
Parts by
Hours at
140° C. to
HOOSnCH2(CH2OOH2)XCHZSnOOH, the x’s being posi
tive integers.
Typical compounds in group (g) include compounds
Malic Acid .................................. -_
0. 05
0. 01
as poly(dialky1tin oxides) such as dibutyltin basic laurate
Nitrilotriacetic Acid..-"
0. 05
Citric Acid ____________ __
Control _____________________________________ --
0. 00
and dibutyltin basic hexoxide.
Other compounds that are efficient catalysts are those
of group (h), of which the organo-tin compounds used
What is claimed is:
as heat and light stabilizers for chlorinated polymers and
1. In a method for preparing polyurethanes wherein a
available commercially for such use, are typical.
polyether polyol which has a molecular weight of at least
Other organic tin compounds which can be used in 45 about 250 and which contains at least 2 active hydrogens
clude the divalent tin compounds selected from the group
as measured and determined by the Zerewitinoft test and
consisting of stannous acylates and stannous alkoxides.
an organic polyisocyanate are reacted together in the
Suitable stannous acylates are the divalent tin salts of
presence of an organic tin catalyst and foamed by means
aliphatic mono- and polycarboxylic acids which contain
of a blowing agent, the improvement which comprises
from 1 to 54 carbon atoms. The acids can be saturated,
incorporating in the reaction mixture a stabilizing amount
such as acetic acid, 2-ethylhexanoic acid, etc.; unsaturated
of a polycarboxylic acid selected from the group consist
such as oleic acid, linoleic acid, ricinoleic acid, and the
ing of malic acid, citric acid, and nitrilotriacetic acid.
like; or they may be polymerized fatty acids derived from
2. The method of claim 1 wherein the acid is citric
natural oils, e.g., linseed oil, tung oil, soybean oil, dehy
drated castor oil, which have a molecular weight up to 55
3. The method of claim 1 wherein the acid is malic
about 500. Examples of speci?c acylates include: stan
nous acetate, stannous propionate, stannous oxalate, stan
4. The method of claim 1 wherein the acid is nitrilo
nous tartrate, stannous butyrate, stannous valerate, stan
triacetic acid.
nous caproate, stannous caprylate, stannous octoate, stan
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stannous oleate. Of these materials the preferred cata
lysts are stannous acetate, stannous octoate and stannous
The stannous alkoxides which can be used may be repre
sented by the formula:
McElroy _____________ _. Jan. 26, 1954
Simon et a1. __________ __ July 14, 1959
Swart et a1. ___________ __ Dec. 1, 1959
in which R is a monovalent hydrocarbon radical, satu
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