A new generation of durable Polyurethane is available for applications exposed to harsh environments. This durable Polyurethane offers superior & long-term retention of designed performances.

Five proofs of durability

Formulating the right Polyurethane materials that can resist to extreme environmental conditions such as high and low temperatures, humidity, stain and chemical aggressions while ensuring durable high performance is a challenge.

This durable Polyurethane offers superior and long-term retention of designed performances, without modification of initial properties after being exposed in harsh environments.

The outstanding durability of Polyurethane elastomers based on Eternacoll® Polycarbonate diols or Eternathane® polycarbonate-based polyurethane prepolymers is obtained thanks to different performances, such as:

Access more information about the best-in-class performances of this durable Polyurethane, click on the pictures below:

Increased water resistance for durable PU materials      Enhanced chemical & stain resistance for PU formulations      Increased thermal stability for durable PU materials      Improved mechanical properties for durable PU materials      Increased scratch & abrasion resistance for PU formulations

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Excellent water resistance of durable Polyurethane elastomers

This durable Polyurethane shows an increased resistance to water / hydrolysis.

Figure 1 shows that water absorption is less important (-52%) for the new durable Polyurethane.
This leads to minor weight increment and better resistance to hydrolysis than Polyurethane based on benchmark Diols.

Figure 1: Water absorption of Diol-based PU

Therefore, this durable Polyurethane withstands extreme humid conditions and remain intact after long-term exposure to water and humidity.


Increased chemical & stain resistance of durable Polyurethane

Exposure to harsh solvents and fluids tends to damage materials over time, causing them to fade, discolor and get stained.
The new durable Polyurethane has an enhanced chemical and stain resistance.
Stain resistance of Diol-based PU material
Picture 1: Stain resistance of Diol-based PU material


High thermal stability of durable Polyurethane

Is temperature resistance a must-have for your applications?

This durable Polyurethane delivers a high thermal stability thanks to excellent heat resistance.

Picture 2 illustrates the excellent performance of durable Polyurethane after heat ageing, for an improved durability of your elastomers!

Eternacoll® UH100 based PUD after heat exposition
Durable PU
PPG based PUD after heat exposition
PPG-based PUD
Polyadipate of 1,6-hexanediol based PUD after heat exposition
Polyadipate of 1,6-hexanediol
based PUD
Picture 2: Pictures of Diol-based PU materials after heat exposition


Improved mechanical properties of durable Polyurethane

Durable Polyurethane based on Eternacoll® Polycarbonate diols or Eternathane® Polycarbonate-based polyurethane prepolymers shows better mechanical properties compared to other Polyurethanes.
Figure 2:Tensile strength of Diol-based PU
Figure 3: Hardness of Diol-based PU

The improvement of mechanical properties allows you to provide a Polyurethane which is less elastic and shows a better hardness, for highly durable materials! 


Increased scratch & abrasion resistance of durable Polyurethane elastomers

This durable Polyurethane formulated with Polycarbonate Diols shows increased abrasion and scratch resistance, and is therefore more durable than the ones formulated with standard Diols. 

Figure 4 shows that Polyurethane based on Eternacoll® Polycarbonate Diols loses less volume when exposed to harsh conditions than Polyurethane based on traditional Diols, and has therefore a better resistance to abrasion. Results were similar with Polycarbonate-based Polyurethane Prepolymers. 

Figure 4: Abrasion resistance (Volume Loss of material) of
Diol-based PU when exposed to harsh conditions

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Case Studies from Durable Polyurethane

How to improve performance and endurance of your Polyurethane elastomers roll covers?

Elastomer rollers can be used to protect, squeeze, feed, insulate or convey products. However, many polyurethane compounds change in hardness and mechanical properties under varying operating conditions, such as exposure to heat and chemicals. This stability issue leads to reduced efficiency, more defects in production, more maintenance and more regular replacement of parts.


Extreme durability of Polyurethane cast for the oil & mining industry

Oil and mining companies are looking to extend the life of their asset to sustain supply. It becomes then critical in the oil & mining industry to benefit from a Polyurethane inner cast that can resist to very harsh environmental conditions such as severe abrasion and extreme thermal, chemical and hydrolytic attacks. Superior durable Polyurethane is a must-have for this type of application!


Maximize the endurance of PU adhesives for industrial protection footwear

Polyurethane adhesives are broadly used for attaching the upper shoe to the sole. But when it comes to industrial protection footwear, you have to make sure that you use the best Polyurethane adhesives that can resist to severe chemical attack and extreme conditions. Eternacoll® Polycarbonate Diols significantly improve the performance of waterborne and solvent-based Polyurethane adhesives. Indeed, they bring an improved resistance to severe ageing and extreme chemical attack for long lasting and high performance industrial footwear adhesives.


Durable transparent Polyurethane applications

How to manufacture goods with high clarity features? And even more challenging, how to keep the initial transparency and the global durability over time when the material is exposed to extreme weather conditions and mechanical damages? This is one of the many challenges faced by OEM today.

In this case study, learn how Polyurethane-based with UBE Eternacoll® Polycarbonate Diol is the ideal material for durable transparent Polyurethane (PU) application. It shows an outstanding initial clarity and is highly durable thanks to long-lasting transparency and also an excellent retention of initial mechanical properties.


Durable waterproofing membranes for extreme conditions

Waterproofing membranes that can resist to harsh environmental conditions is a key benefit. Waterproofing membranes based on Polyurethane (PU) offers outstanding advantages. It can resist to harsh environmental conditions such as extreme humidity and temperatures. Superior durable PU materials are a must-have for this type of application! Polyurethane-based with UBE Eternacoll® Polycarbonate Diol is the ideal material for waterproofing membranes. It provides an improved durability to PU thanks to excellent resistance to hydrolysis and extreme temperatures, as well as improved mechanical properties. As a consequence, this superior durability reduces the overall maintenance costs of PU waterproofing membrane!


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