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PRODUCT INFORMATION
 
Product Names: Crosslinked Polyethylene Foam, Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) Foam, Chloroprene Elastomeric Foam (FloTex)

See Test Reports, below

 

INGREDIENTS (% w/w unless otherwise noted)
 
Crosslinked Polyethylene & EVA Foam:
Polyethylene Foam:   80 - 100%
Color concentration in polyethylene: 0 - 2%
Urazole: 0 - 0.02%
Cyanuric Acid: 0 - 0.01%
Antimony Trioxide (in case of NR): 0 - 1.5%
Decarbormodiphenyl Oxide (in case of NR): 0 - 4.5%

 

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
 
Crosslinked Polyethylene & EVA Foam:
Boiling Point:   Not applicable
Vapor Pressure (mm Hg): Not applicable
Vapor Density: Not applicable
Solubility in water: Insoluble
Melting Point: None
Evaporation Rate: None
Appearance: Cellular Plastics Foam
Odor: None
FloTex Foam:
Boiling Point:   Not applicable
Vapor Pressure at 20°C: 0.1
Vapor Density: Not applicable
Solubility in water: Insoluble
Melting Point: Not applicable
Appearance: Sheet material,
black in color
Odor: Slight amine odor

 

FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARD DATA
 
Crosslinked Polyethylene & EVA Foam:
Flash Point:   Not Applicable
Extinguishing Media: Use water or N2 gas
Special fire fighting
procedures:
No unusual fire or explosion hazards. Avoid possible ignition sources.
 
FloTex Foam:
Flash Point:   Not Applicable
Autoignition Temp: Not Applicable
Extinguishing Media: Water, CO2, Dry Chemical, Foam
Flammable Limits: Not Applicable
Unusual Hazards: Not Applicable
Special fire fighting
procedures:
Recommend NIOSH/MSHA approved self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing be worn.

 

REACTIVITY DATA
 
Crosslinked Polyethylene & EVA Foam:
Conditions to avoid:   Avoid fire and temperature over 625°F, 329°C
Incompatibility (materials
to avoid):
Gasoline, Cyclohexane, Ether, Ketone, Paraffin, Xylene
Hazardous decomposition
or by-products:
Combustion conditions may release fumes hydrogen bormide and/or other toxic vapors
Hazardous polymerization: Will not occur
 
FloTex Foam:
Stability:   Stable
Incompatibility: Not Applicable
Decomposition Products: Upon combustion hazardous gases may be evolved

 

HEALTH HAZARD DATA
 
Crosslinked Polyethylene & EVA Foam:
Skin:   Essentially non-irritating to skin.
Inhalation: Dust/fumes generated during thermal forming or slicing. It may cause eye and respiratory irritation.
Ingestion: Ingestion is unlikely due to physical state. Physical injury only. May cause choking if swallowed.
 
FloTex Foam:
Ingestion:   Acute Health Hazard: Unlikely route of exposure
Chronic Health Hazard: Not Established
Emergeney & First Aid Procedures: No adverse affects anticipated by this route of exposure.
Skin: Acute Health Hazard: Not Established
Chronic Health Hazard: Not Established
Emergeney & First Aid Procedures: If rash or irriation develops, wash with soap and water. If rash or irritation persists, consult a physician.
Eye: Acute Health Hazard: Small particles may cause irritation
Chronic Health Hazard: Not Established
Emergeney & First Aid Procedures: Flush with water. If irritation persists, consult a pysician.
Inhalation: Acute Health Hazard: Unlikely route of exposure
Chronic Health Hazard: Not Established
Emergency & First Aid procedures: Not Established
Carcinogenicity: NTP: No       IARC: No       OSHA: No
Medical conditions
aggravated by
exposure:
Not Established

 

EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES
 
Eye:   Wash with water for a minimum of 5 minutes.
Skin: Wash with soap and water.
Ingestion: No adverse effects anticipated by this route of exposure incidental to proper industrial handling. In the event this does occur, induce vomiting and promptly call physician.
Inhalation: Remove to fresh air.

 

PRECAUTIONS FOR SAFE HANDLING AND USE
 
Crosslinked Polyethylene & EVA Foam:
Waste disposal method:   Destruction by fire.
Ventilation: Provide general and/or local exhaust ventilation to control airborne levels.
Skin Protection: No skin protection should be needed.
Eye Protection: No eye protection should be needed.
Precaution to be taken
in handling and storage:
Avoid breathing vapors during thermal forming or slicing. Store in dry area protected from external source of heat and direct sunlight.
 
FloTex Foam:
Storage:   Avoid storage in confined areas where temperatures may exceed 51°C (125°F).
Spills: Not applicable
Disposal: Not a RCRA hazardous waste. Dispose of in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.
Engineering Controls: Local exhaust ventilaion is recommended for control of airborne dust, fumes and vapors in confined areas.
Personal Protection
Equipment:
Recommend light to medium duty cloth or leather gloves and approved safety glasses.

 

TEST REPORTS
 
Crosslinked Polyethylene
 
Property Unit 2 lb 3 lb 4 lb
Density PCF 2.0 3.0 4.0
Tensile Strength PSI 35 78 121
Elongation % 231 279 142
Tear Strength PLI 8 15 20
Compressesive Strength (@ 25% compression) PSI 9 15 17
Compressesive Strength (@ 50% compression) PSI 18 28 30
Compression Set (25%) % original thickness % 1.5 1.5 1.8
Thermal Stability (158°F 24hrs) % -1.4 -0.7 -0.1
Thermal Conductivity (btu/ft2 °F)   0.26 0.27 0.31
 
Testing done according to ASTM-D3575 & ASTM-C177 (thermal conductivity) standard. All test data are typical and not to be considered as specification values.
 
 
EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate)
 
Property Unit 2 lb 3 lb 4 lb
Density PCF 2.0 3.0 4.0
Tensile Strength PSI 42.0 64.0 142
Elongation % 367 386 420
Tear Strength PLI 7.8 12.9 19.9
Compressesive Strength (@ 25% compression) PSI 5 9 10
Compressesive Strength (@ 50% compression) PSI 13 21 24
Compression Set (25%) % original thickness % 4.4 2.8 2.4
Thermal Stability (158°F 24hrs) % -0.6 -0.4 -0.4
Thermal Conductivity (btu/ft2 °F)   0.24 0.26 0.29
 
Testing done according to ASTM-D3575 & ASTM-C177 (thermal conductivity) standard. All test data are typical and not to be considered as specification values.
 
 
Chloroprene Elastomeric Foam (FloTex)
 
Property U.S. customary units Metric units
Standard Sheet Size 56x88 in 142x224 cm
Max. Gauge 1.25 in 30 mm
Color Nat/Blk Nat/Blk
Density (P.C.F.) 3.5-5.0 lb/ft3 0.06-0.08 g/cm3
Compressesive Deflection (25%, PSI) 3.0-5.0 lb/in2 0.21-0.35 kg/cm2
Compression Set (50%) 20 %Max 20 %Max
Water Absorption (Vacuum Method) 5 Wt%Max 5 Wt%Max
Water Absorption 0.1 lbs/ft2  
Heat Aging (7 Days @ 158°F) Lineal Shrinkage 5 %Max 5 %Max
Tensile Strength 70 lb/in2 5 kg/cm2
Elongation 200 %Min 200 %Min
Specification SCE-41 2C1 SCE-41 2C1
 
 
FloTex Foam
 
Flotation Certification by Underwriters Laboratories
 
FOAM BUOYANT MATERIAL FOR PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES
Lifesaving Equipment, Marine - Component
 
Thickness Buoyancy Number/
Retention Factor
Use Code (see chart below)
0.75 in 57/97V96C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
1.0 in 58/97V96C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
1.25 in 57/99V98C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
1.5 in 58/98V97C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
1.625 in 60/96V94C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
10 mm 57/98V97C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
15 mm 57/98V97C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
20 mm 57/100V98C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
30 mm 59/96VNAC 1, 2, 3, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
40 mm 60/100V99C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5H, 5SB, 5R, 5WV
 
Note: Thicknesses between those stated above are covered with buoyancy retention values being the lower of the two values for the thicknesses directly above and below the desired thickness, i.e., 1.125 inch thickness is covered with buoyancy retention values of 57/97V96C.
 
 
USE CODES
Lifesaving Equipment, Marine - Component

The products covered under this category are incomplete in certain constructional features or restricted in performance capabilities and are intended for use as components of complete equipment submitted for investigation rather than for direct separate installation in the field. THE FINAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE COMPONENT IS DEPENDENT UPON ITS INSTALLATION AND USE IN COMPLETE EQUIPMENT SUBMITTED TO UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES INC.

The products covered in the category are components used in Lifesaving equipment.

The limitations for each component are indicated by Use Codes.

The Use Code assigned to the component indicates the type of PFD for which the component under consideration is intended. The assigned Use Code further indicates that the component complies with the basic requirements for that component from UL 1191, The Standard for Components for Personal Flotation Devices and from the applicable Title 46 CFR sub-part for the type of PFD for which it is intended. More than one Use Code may apply to the component.
 

Use Codes Type of PFD For Which It Is Intended
1 I - Adult or Child sizes
2 II - Adult or Child sizes
3 III - Adult or Child sizes
4 IV - Any or all styles
5 V - Any style except hybrids or work vests
5H V - Hybrids
5R V - Any recreational style Type V
5SB V - Recreational sailboard devices
5WV V - Work vest
 

 

DISCLAIMER
 

The information contained herein is, to the best of our knowledge and belief, accurate. However, since the conditions of handling and use are beyond our control, we make no guarantee of results and assume no liability for damages incurred by the use of this material. All materials may present unknown health hazards and should be used with caution. Although certain hazards are described herein, we cannot guarantee that these are the only hazards that exist. Final determination of suitability of this material is the sole responsibility of the user. No representations or warranties, either expressed or implied, of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or any other nature are made hereafter with respects to the information contained herein or the material to which the information refers. It is the responsibility of the user to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

 


 

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