A Practitioner's Approach to Polyurethane

Organised by Smithers Rapra

This course provides a comprehensive view of both the constituents of all the various forms of PU available in the market today, and the methodology that should be used to make products with optimum properties. 

There is a significant amount of chemistry used to explain the many mechanisms in place that help processors to achieve the extraordinary range of forms and properties provided by this chemistry.

PU chemistry will be described along with the numeric methodology needed to rapidly build knowledge of the structure property relationship in the application under scrutiny.  Use of rapid learning techniques such as design of experiments will be covered.

The course is intended to take individuals who already have an understanding of the basic constituents of polyurethane, but who wish to look deeper at how to use PU science and technology.  It would also suit individuals who have in depth knowledge of polymer chemistry and are new to polyurethane.

This activity is approved for Professional Development by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.


Description of whole range of PU applications

A comprehensive look at the building blocks that make the polymer, and how to use them

Full range of additives that give added functionality to the PU system, including flame retardance, antistatic, low surface friction, blowing agents, UV and Oxidative resistance, hydrolysis resistance etc.

The calculation methods and tools used to formulate PU systems, prepolymers etc.

Testing and measuring all the properties of raw materials, PU systems and end products

How to handle the data by using some simple statistical techniques

The PU conversion processes and how they work

How to carry out product formulation using design of experiments to achieve rapid understanding of the application and the routes to optimisation.  There will be many practical tips.

Review of Flexible, Rigid foams and Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants, Elastomers and Binders as to what they are and how to formulate them.

Review of environmental considerations, and some ideas on recycling.


16 Oct 2019 - 17 Oct 2019


Shropshire, United Kingdom

Course type:

Training - CPD course

Training Course Category

Supported by IOM3

Organiser Type

IOM3 Supported


Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira Ltd
Shrewsbury Road
United Kingdom

Organised by

Kerry Haralambou

+44 (0)1939 252312


Approved for Professional Development by IOM3

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