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Teknor Apex’s New Foamable TPVs Provide Effective Seals in Door & Window Profiles

Published on 2018-07-17. Author : SpecialChem

Foam Core Window Profiles
Foam Core Window Profiles
A new series of thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) compounds from Teknor Apex Company exhibits the high resilience required for door and window seals and provides effective alternatives to widely used thermoset polyurethane foams.

Sarlink® 8100 Series

  • Available from 40 to 70 Shore A, the Sarlink® 8100 series can be foamed to a density of 0.20 g/cm3 range, which is comparable to those of urethane foam used in door seals but is difficult to achieve with standard TPEs. 
  • As TPVs, they exhibit lower compressive set than standard TPEs, providing more of the resilience needed to withstand the repeated opening and closing of doors. 
  • The new compounds can be foamed using both chemical and physical blowing agents and, unlike urethane foams, are processed in standard equipment for thermoplastics. 

In other key differences from urethanes, TPVs do not require a curing step, are recyclable, and do not present concerns about isocyanate monomer.

Typical Properties of 45A Foamable TPV for Door and Window Seals
Typical Properties of 45A Foamable TPV for Door and Window Seals

TPV for 3-component Profiles

Door and window profiles for sealing are typically three-layer structures, with a skin layer providing protection and good appearance, the foam layer, and a rigid component such as polypropylene (PP). The Sarlink 8100 series of TPVs adhere well to, and can be coextruded with, other TPVs, TPOs, and PP. In addition, Teknor Apex supplies harder TPVs that serve as skin materials. The company can also custom-formulate foamable grades of TPVs or styrenic TPEs.

Tom Foley, senior market manager, said:
“These foamable materials are the latest additions to a portfolio of more than 30 TPE and TPV grades that Teknor Apex has developed specifically for building seal applications. Our goal is to provide customers with a wide range of options reflecting the variety of door and window constructions and to serve as a single source for multiple seal applications.”

In addition to the new foamable products, TPEs and TPVs available from Teknor Apex for seal applications in building products include extremely soft grades, abrasion-resistant materials, compounds for rigid components, general-purpose TPVs with excellent melt elasticity, high-performance TPVs with optimal surface appearance, low-friction slip coating grades, and TPEs for structural seals.

Source: Teknor Apex
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