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Redispersible polymer powders (RDPs) are widely used in industries such as construction, adhesives, and textiles. They are made by spraying an aqueous solution of a polymer onto a drying medium, resulting in a powder with good dissolvability in water. However, one of the challenges faced by RDPs is their poor water resistance, which limits their usage in wet environments. In this article, we present novel RDP formulations that improve water resistance without compromising on other properties.
Factors affecting water resistance of RDPs
The water resistance of RDPs is affected by several factors, including the type of polymer used, the polymer's molecular weight, and the degree of cross-linking within the polymer matrix. Polymers with higher molecular weights typically have better water resistance because they form a denser and more compact polymer matrix. Cross-linking agents, such as ethylene glycol di-methacrylate (EGDMA), can also enhance water resistance by introducing covalent bonds between polymer chains.
Novel RDP formulations
Our team has developed novel RDP formulations that improve water resistance. We have successfully incorporated hydrophobic monomers, such as n-butyl methacrylate (nBMA) and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate (2-EHA), into RDPs. These monomers introduce a hydrophobic component to the polymer matrix and reduce the amount of water absorbed by the RDPs.
In addition, we have used EGDMA as a cross-linking agent to further enhance water resistance. The cross-linking agent introduces covalent bonds between polymer chains, making the polymer matrix more resistant to water penetration.
We have also investigated the use of various additives to improve water resistance, such as polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and cellulose ethers. These additives form a physical barrier on the surface of the RDP particles, reducing the amount of water absorbed by the RDPs.
Evaluation of the novel RDP formulations
The water resistance of the novel RDP formulations was evaluated using a variety of tests, including the water immersion test and the freeze-thaw cycle test. In the water immersion test, the RDPs were placed in water for a period of time, and the weight gain of the RDPs was measured. The results showed that the novel RDP formulations had a significantly lower weight gain compared to the control samples, indicating improved water resistance.
In the freeze-thaw cycle test, the RDPs were subjected to multiple freeze-thaw cycles to simulate harsh environmental conditions. The results showed that the novel RDP formulations had better freeze-thaw resistance compared to the control samples, further confirming their improved water resistance.
In conclusion, our team has successfully developed novel RDP formulations that improve water resistance without compromising on other properties. By incorporating hydrophobic monomers, using cross-linking agents, and adding additives, we have significantly reduced water absorption by RDPs. The improved water resistance of these RDPs opens up new possibilities for their usage in wet environments, such as in the construction industry. We believe that these novel RDP formulations will have a positive impact on various industries and encourage further research in this area.