New Low MDI Polyurethane Foam System Replaces Heat Reactive Baffles in NVH Applications
Low density polyurethane foam, applied in general assembly, is being used as a replacement for rubber-based heat reactive baffles in automobile cavities to inhibit noise transmittance. Most chemically reactive urethane foam systems used in barrier applications are MDI-based (diphenylmethane diisocyanate). The use of classical MDI-based technology in assembly plants typically requires substantial levels of ventilation . High capital and operating expenses associated with plant ventilation systems have hindered the growth of polyurethane technology. This paper describes benefits of using a low MDI polyurethane foam system in place of classical two-component MDI-based foam systems and conventional rubber-based heat reactive baffles. Severe industrial hygiene testing has indicated that ventilation requirements to use the low MDI foam system in assembly plants may be greatly reduced.