Preparation of microcellular foams by supercritical carbon dioxide: A case study of thermoplastic polyurethane 70a

Yu Ting Hsiao, Chieh Ming Hsieh, Tsung Mao Yang, Chie Shaan Su

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1 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)

摘要

In this study, a case study to produce microcellular foam of a commercial thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) through the supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) foaming process is presented. To explore the feasibility of TPU in medical device and biomedical application, a soft TPU with Shore hardness value of 70A was selected as the model compound. The effects of saturation temperature and saturation pressure ranging from 90 to 140 C and 90 to 110 bar on the expansion ratio, cell size and cell density of the TPU foam were compared and discussed. Regarding the expansion ratio, the effect of saturation temperature was considerable and an intermediate saturation temperature of 100 C was favorable to produce TPU microcellular foam with a high expansion ratio. On the other hand, the mean pore size and cell density of TPU foam can be efficiently manipulated by adjusting the saturation pressure. A high saturation pressure was beneficial to obtain TPU foam with small mean pore size and high cell density. This case study shows that the expansion ratio of TPU microcellular foam could be designed as high as 4.4. The cell size and cell density could be controlled within 12–40 µm and 5.0 × 107 –1.3 × 109 cells/cm3, respectively.

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文章編號1650
期刊Processes
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發行號9
DOIs
出版狀態已出版 - 9月 2021

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