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BASF Unveils Epoxy Resin Coating for Palusol® Fire-protection Panels

Published on 2015-11-11. Author : SpecialChem

BASF has developed a new epoxy resin which improves the properties of the Palusol® fire-protection panels. The epoxy resin is set to be used in Palusol® production from 2016.

Fig. 1: BASF

Improved properties of the Palusol® fire-protection panels

The new generation of Palusofire-protection panels delivers a greater protective effect thanks to improved barrier properties. These include higher thermal resilience and lower permeability to water vapor and carbon dioxide substances which would change the chemical composition of the panels and prevent them from expanding and thus have an adverse effect on their resistance to heat.

The viscosity of the new epoxy resin coating is also lower, which means that the coating that is applied in production is spread more evenly on the Palusol® panel. In addition, the new coating dries faster on the foam compared to the conventional type of coating. Formulation adjustments ensure future compliance under stricter requirements (REACH), a further contribution to the sustainability of the product.

“The aim of our development work was to develop an improved formulation to deliver significant benefits for both the customers using the product and for us in the manufacturing process,” says Michael Kopietz, head of production for Palusol®. “Tests prove that we have achieved these aims and we are delighted that we will soon be able to begin series production.”

At present, a number of customers are already being provided with samples of the new Palusol® fire-protection panels. Series production will commence in the course of 2016 at the production site in Frankenthal.

About Palusol®

Palusol® fire-protection panels have been classified as non-flammable. In case of fire the panels expand under high temperatures and foaming pressure, giving rise to non-flammable and thermally insulating foam. This foam then fills the joints and gaps, thus preventing the propagation of heat, fire and smoke for a certain period of time. Palusol® is used in fire doors, fire protection glazing as well as in fireproof bulkheads for pipes, cables and ventilation elements.

About BASF’s Performance Materials Division

BASF’s Performance Materials division encompasses the entire materials know-how of BASF regarding innovative, customized plastics under one roof. Globally active in four major industry sectors - transportation, construction, industrial applications and consumer goods – the division has a strong portfolio of products and services combined with a deep understanding of application-oriented system solutions. Key drivers of profitability and growth are close collaboration with customers and a clear focus on solutions. Strong capabilities in R&D provide the basis to come up with innovative products and applications. In 2014, the Performance Materials division achieved global sales of € 6.5 bn.

About BASF

BASF creates chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As one of the world’s leading chemical companies, it combines economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, it enables its customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Its products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life.

Source: BASF

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