NEWPORT, R.I. - American Foam Technologies of Newport claims it has developed a two-part phenolic foam insulation system that is more versatile than conventional phenolics. The company's Thermo-Cor2 system can be blown in place without physical blowing agents. An exothermic curing reaction intrinsically creates carbon dioxide bubbles as the foaming agent. Foam densities can range from 0.5-45 pounds per cubic foot.
The product's pH range of 6-6.5 makes it suitable for construction uses in which corrosion could be a problem. American Foam claims the foam has free formaldehyde levels of less than 0.9 parts per billion and that it is less friable and has higher compression strength than conventional phenolic foams.
The company, a division of Jiffy Foam Inc., said its application for a U.S. patent has been accepted. Thermo-Cor2 is designed to compete with polyurethanes in transportation, industrial and institutional uses.