A silicone surfactant designed to provide wide processing latitude in flexible PUR foams is also said to sharply reduce volatile emissions. Newly available from GE Advanced Materials, Silicones, Wilton, Conn., Niax L-590 is based on non-hydrolyzable chemistry, unlike older silicones. It reportedly can stabilize a range of formulations, including hyper-soft foams, high-density foams, and low-density foams blown with methylene chloride or liquid CO2.
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