Boaters today can have the comforts of home inside nearly any seaworthy vessel, thanks in part to flexible polyurethane foam (FPF).
FPF makes seat cushions and carpet pads firm but soft, and keeps bedding materials supportive and comfortable, and can be molded to fit into those small, curved and hard-to-furnish places you find on boats.
Flexible Polyurethane Foam suppliers work closely with boat builders and other manufacturers to find the best combination of foam density, softness, affordability and resiliency to meet the needs of the high seas – or the poolside chaise-long – so that water-sport enthusiasts everywhere can lie comfortably. Great for customized applications, FPF can even be made viscoelastic and temperature-sensitive to continuously mold and adjust to a person’s shape, relieving stress, minimizing pressure points and providing tremendous support.
Rigid Polyurethane FFoam provides boats with insulation from noise and temperature extremes, abrasion and tear resistance, plus load-bearing capacity – and with remarkably little weight. On smaller boats, reducing the noise produced by engines and other gear is a major concern, and rigid polyurethane foam can provide a means of absorbing such sounds. This is because rigid polyurethane foam can be supplemented with resins that change the kinetic energy of sound waves into heat energy, which dissipates into the foam itself.
Not only does rigid polyurethane foam resist water absorption – it can combine the elasticity of rubber with the toughness and durability of metal. These properties, plus its diverse range of hardness, have enabled engineers to design parts with a plastic material ideal for boat construction. Parts in which polyurethanes have replaced traditional materials now include sleeve bearings, wear plates, sprockets and rollers. Rigid polyurethane foam works on shore as well, in the form of two-part pourable urethane that can fill voids in dock pontoons and barrels. In its closed-cell, high-density format, rigid polyurethane foam is also an excellent material for clear, lightweight, durable indoor and outdoor signs and billboards. The foam’s water and solvent resistance makes it virtually impervious to temperature extremes, rain, snow, ice or frequent sprinkler watering, and the material does not warp after exposure to the elements.
The categories interested in the products obtainable for the marine world are professionals of this sector, in particular:
• Cruisers constructors
• Architects, engineers, designers
• Marine equipment producers
Some examples of products realized by our customers through our POZZI-AROSIO systems.