New Flexible FR Polyurethane Foams for Energy Absorption Applications

Period of Performance: 01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012

$124K

Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Gordon Nelson and Associates
2283 Hamlet Drive
Melbourne, FL 32934
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901
Institution POC

Abstract

Development of new polyurethane (PU) insulation foams through a non-toxic environmentally friendly composite approach. Target FR foams will exhibit high heat flow resistance as well as lower density than conventional PU. Foams involve synergism between novel phosphonate FRs and smoke suppression agents coupled with use of aerogel. Preliminary data show peak heat release rates reduced by 50% versus PU, smoke equal to PU and ignition times delayed from 25 to 143 seconds.