Closed Cell Foam

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Product Names:

Crosslinked Polyethylene Foam, Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) Foam, Chloroprene Elastomeric Foam (FloTex)

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

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 2 lb 3 lb 4 lb
Density 2.0 PCF 3.0 PCF 4.0 PCF
Tensile Strength 35 PSI 78 PSI 121 PSI
Elongation 231% 279% 142%
Tear Strength 8 PLI 15 PLI 20 PLI
Compressive Strength (@ 25% compression) 9 PSI 15 PSI 17 PSI
Compressive Strength (@ 50% compression) 18 PSI 28 PSI 30 PSI
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 2 lb 3 lb 4 lb
Density 2.0 PCF 3.0 PCF 4.0 PCF
Tensile Strength 42.0 PSI 64.0 PSI 142 PSI
Elongation 367% 386% 420%
Tear Strength 7.8 PLI 12.9 PLI 19.9 PLI
Compressive Strength (@ 25% compression) 5 PSI 9 PSI 10 PSI
Compressive Strength (@ 50% compression) 13 PSI 21 PSI 24 PSI
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
Compressive 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

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.

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.