Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.

Patents

  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUSRE30576 E
Publication typeGrant
Application numberUS 05/903,234
Publication dateApr 14, 1981
Filing dateMay 5, 1978
Priority dateMay 5, 1978
Publication number05903234, 903234, US RE30576 E, US RE30576E, US-E-RE30576, USRE30576 E, USRE30576E
InventorsMing C. Woo
Original AssigneeNational Casein Of New Jersey
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Crosslinking catalyst and crosslinking inhibitor; extended shelf life
US RE30576 E
Abstract
A pre-mixed adhesive composition comprised of a vinyl acetate polymer emulsion including a cross-linking catalyst and a cross-linking inhibitor providing a good cured water resistant Type II bond and extended shelf life so that the adhesive composition will not gel over an extended period of time and will therefore be usable for direct gluing application to semi-porous and porous substrates.
Images(6)
Previous page
Next page
Claims(18)
What is claimed is:
1. A pre-mixed catalyzed adhesive composition comprised of (a) an aqueous cross-linkable vinyl acetate resin emulsion .[.including polymerized.]. .Iadd.of ter-polymerized .Iaddend.vinyl acetate, in which the .[.polymerized.]. .Iadd.ter-polymerized .Iaddend.vinyl acetate is made from a monomer mixture of 80-97% vinyl acetate and 3-20% of a mixture of an alkyl ester of an acid selected from the class consisting of acrylic acid and methacrylic acid and an N-alkylol derivative of an amide of an alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acid in an aqueous medium containing 3-6% by weight of a hydrocolloid selected from the class consisting of polyvinyl alcohol, hydroxyethylcellulose and carboxymethylcellulose, by weight of the monomer mixture, (b) an .[.acidic.]. .Iadd.inorganic acid .Iaddend.metal salt cross-linking catalyst selected from the class consisting of aluminum chloride, aluminum nitrate, chromic chloride and chromic nitrate in an amount of about 0.0032 to 0.025 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.per 100 grams of the resin emulsion, and (c) a cross-linking inhibitor selected from the class consisting of .[.ammonia, alkyl amines and alkylol amines.]. .Iadd.ammonia, triethylamine, triethanolamine and N-methylethanolamine .Iaddend.wherein the mole ratio of the cross-linking inhibitor to catalyst ranges from a minimum of about 0.1 to 0.2 to a maximum of about 0.7 to 1.7. .[.
2. The adhesive composition of claim 1 in which the polymerized vinyl acetate is made from a monomer mixture of about 90-98% vinyl acetate and about 2-10% of an N-alkylol derivative of an amide of an alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acid, by weight..].
3. The adhesive composition of claim 1 wherein the N-alkylol derivative of an amide of an alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acid is N-methylol acrylamide.
4. The adhesive composition of claim 1 wherein the mole ratio of the inhibitor to the catalyst is sufficient to at least increase the shelf life of the resin emulsion plus catalyst alone, the adhesive composition when applied to substrates providing a cured water resistant bond of at least 50 psi when subjected to a one-half hour boil test.
5. The adhesive composition of claim 1 wherein the alkyl ester of acrylic acid is ethyl acrylate and the N-alkylol derivative of an amide of an alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acid is N-methylol acrylamide.
6. The adhesive composition of claim 5 wherein the catalyst is aluminum chloride in an amount of about 0.0032 to 0.025 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.of AlCl3 per 100 grams of resin emulsion.
7. The adhesive composition of claim 6 wherein the cross-linking inhibitor is triethanolamine.
8. The adhesive composition of claim 7 wherein the hydrocolloid is polyvinyl alcohol.
9. A pre-mixed catalyzed adhesive composition comprised of (a) an aqueous cross-linkable vinyl acetate emulsion of a terpolymer made by polymerizing a monomer mixture of about 90-92% vinyl acetate, about 4-6% ethyl acrylate and about 2-5% N-methylol acrylamide, in an aqueous medium containing about 3-6% of polyvinyl alcohol.Iadd., .Iaddend.by weight of the monomer mixture, (b) an .[.acidic.]. .Iadd.inorganic acid metal salt .Iaddend.catalyst of about 0.0032 to 0.025 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.of aluminum chloride per 100 grams of the resin emulsion and (c) a cross-linking inhibitor of triethanolamine, in a mole ratio of about 0.1-0.2 to about 0.7 to 1.7 of triethanolamine to aluminum chloride.
10. A structure comprising two substrates bonded together by the adhesive composition of claim 1 in a cured condition. .[.11. A structure comprising two substrates bonded together by the adhesive composition of claim 2 in a
cured condition..]. 12. A structure comprising two substrates bonded
together by the adhesive composition of claim 4 in a cured condition. 13. A structure comprising two substrates bonded together by the adhesive
composition of claim 5 in a cured condition. 14. A structure comprising two substrates bonded together by the adhesive composition of claim 6 in a
cured condition. 15. A structure comprising two substrates bonded together
by the adhesive composition of claim 7 in a cured condition. 16. A structure comprising two substrates bonded together by the adhesive
composition of claim 9 in a cured condition. .[.17. The adhesive composition of claim 1 wherein the N-alkylol derivative of an amide of an
alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acid is N-methylol acrylamide..]. 18. The adhesive composition of claim 1 wherein the catalyst is aluminum
chloride and the inhibitor is triethanolamine. 19. The adhesive composition of claim 1 wherein the hydrocolloid is polyvinyl alcohol.
Description

This invention relates to cross-linkable vinyl acetate polymer emulsions containing a curing or cross-linking agent for use as an adhesive for porous and semi-porous materials.

Heretofore, gluing operations using cross-linkable vinyl acetate polymer emulsions required the mixing of the emulsion with a catalyst, i.e. a curing or cross-linking agent prior to application to the substrates to be glued in pressing equipment. See, for example, the Armour et al U.S. Pat. No. 3,563,851. Because the cross-linking of the resin occurs over a relatively short period of time after addition of the catalyst, the mix gels over that relatively short period of time and therefore cannot then be employed as a workable adhesive.

The primary object of this invention is to provide an adhesive emulsion comprising a polymerized cross-linkable vinyl acetate resin, a cross-linking catalyst and a cross-linking inhibitor, which adhesive provides a cured water resistant Type II bond and possesses increased shelf life and can therefore be used over a relatively long period of time for direct application to porous and semi-porous substrates for gluing in appropriate pressing equipment.

Another object of the invention is to provide an adhesive composition comprising a cross-linkable vinyl acetate polymer resin emulsion, an acidic .[.inorganic.]. metal salt cross-linking catalyst and a basic organic cross-linking inhibitor, which adhesive composition provides a Type II water resistant bond and possesses a shelf life considerably extended over the shelf life of a mixture of the resin emulsion and catalyst alone.

Another object of the invention is to provide an adhesive composition of the character described which possesses a shelf life increased over that of the composition without the inhibitor and a shear strength of at least 50 psi using a one-half hour boil test following the procedure set forth in ASTM D-1151-72.

The foregoing objects are obtained by providing an aqueous resin emulsion containing vinyl acetate polymerized with alkyl esters of acrylic acid or methacrylic acid, such as methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, butyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate and ethyl methacrylate and N-alkylol derivatives of amides of alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acids, such as N-methylol acrylamide, a protective hydrocolloid emulsifier such as polyvinyl alcohol or cellulosic dispersing agents, e.g. hydroxyethylcellulose, carboxymethylcellulose, etc., a cross-linking catalyst in the form of an acidic metal salt such as aluminum chloride, aluminum nitrate, chromic chloride and chromic nitrate, and a cross-linking inhibitor in the form of an amine such as ammonia, the alkyl and alkanol amines, e.g. mono, di and triethylamine and mono, di and triethanolamine.

The resin emulsion is made by polymerization techniques known in the art using free radical or redox catalysts. A monomer mixture of 80-97% by weight of vinyl acetate, .[.remainder in varying amounts.]. .Iadd.and 3-20% of a mixture .Iaddend.of an alkyl ester of acrylic .Iadd.or methacrylic .Iaddend.acid and an N-alkylol derivative of an amide of an alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acid is refluxed at about 60-90 C. with agitation in an aqueous medium containing in addition to the monomer mixture .Iadd.about .Iaddend.3-6% of a hydrocolloid by weight of the monomer mixture, the free radical or redox polymerization catalysts, a defoamer and an emulsifier. The reaction is carried on for about 3 to 6 hours and the resultant aqueous resin emulsion has a solids content of about 40-60%.

At present, this resin emulsion is used as a two-part adhesive for admixture with an acidic metal cross-linking catalyst solution such as AlCl3, Al(NO3)3, CrCl3 and Cr(NO3)3 at the site where application of the adhesive in appropriate pressing equipment is to be carrier out. The resin emulsion per se can be stored at room temperature for at least 3 months, but once the same is admixed with the cross-linking catalyst the mix has a considerably reduced shelf or pot life. Over a range of 1.0 to 12.0 parts by weight of the catalyst solution per 100 parts by weight of the resin emulsion, where the acidic salt concentration of the catalyst solution is about 0.21 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.per 100 gms catalyst solution, the shelf life varies from about 14 days to about 45 days. This mix yields a Type II water resistant bond as defined in Federal Specification MMM-A-188b, Nov. 8, 1960 entitled "Adhesive; Urea-Resin-Type (Liquid and Powder)", which is herein incorporated by reference.

In accordance with the instant invention, the resin emulsion includes about 0.0032 to 0.025 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.per 100 grams of emulsion of an .[.acidic.]. .Iadd.inorganic acid .Iaddend.metal salt catalyst and a cross-linking inhibitor in sufficient amount and concentration to at least increase, and preferably double, the shelf life of the resin emulsion plus catalyst alone and provide a bond whose shear strength is at least 50 psi when subjected to a preconditioning for one day and one-half hour boil test as set forth in par. 4.1 and condition 16 respectively of ASTM D-1151-72, which is herein incorporated by reference.

The .[.acidic.]. .Iadd.inorganic acid .Iaddend.metal salt cross-linking agent is preferably added to the resin emulsion in the form of a solution containing about 0.21 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.of the catalyst per 100 grams of the catalyst solution. Said catalyst solution is added to the resin emulsion in an amount of about 1.5 to 12.0 parts by weight of the catalyst solution to 100 parts by weight of the resin emulsion. Thus, there is present in the resin emulsion about 0.0032 to 0.025 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.of the catalyst per 100 grams of resin emulsion. The cross-linking inhibitor is present in the resin emulsion in an effective amount up to a maximum mole ratio of inhibitor to catalyst of about 0.7 to 1.7.

The preferred adhesive composition includes a resin emulsion (hereinafter RE in the Tables), comprising a monomer mixture of about 90-92% vinyl acetate, about 4-6% ethyl acrylate and about 2-5% N-methylol acrylamide, by weight polymerized with the use of a redox or free radical type catalyst system in an aqueous medium containing about 5% polyvinyl alcohol, in the manner described hereinbefore, the solids content of the resultant emulsion being about 50% by weight. The resin emulsion (RE) is white, has a pH of 4.5 to 5.5, a viscosity of 3000-5000 cps (25 C.) and a specific gravity of about 1.09. To this resin emulsion is added an aqueous solution of aluminum chloride in an amount of about 1.5 to 12.0 parts by weight of the aluminum chloride solution to 100 parts by weight of the resin emulsion, said aluminum chloride solution containing about 0.21 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.AlCl3 /100 gms solution, thus providing 0.0032 to 0.025 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.of AlCl3 per 100 grams of resin emulsion, and triethanolamine (TEOA) in a mole ratio of TEOA/AlCl3 up to about 0.7 to 1.7 as a maximum. To obtain an adhesive composition which will possess a shelf life which is increased over that of the resin emulsion plus catalyst alone and also possess a cured water resistance bond of at least 50 psi in a one-half hour boil test, the minimum TEOA/AlCl3 mole ratio is about 0.1 to 0.2.

The adhesive composition may also include, instead of the terpolymerized resin emulsion described hereinbefore, a resin emulsion containing about 90-98% by weight vinyl acetate copolymerized with about 2-10% by weight of an N-alkylol derivative of an amide of an alpha, beta-unsaturated carboxylic acid, preferably N-methylol acrylamide.

The following are illustrative but non-limitative examples in table form of the adhesive compositions of the instant invention, control compositions and comparative results as to shelf life and shear strength.

                                  TABLE I__________________________________________________________________________(Controls)Example No.   1    2    3    4    5    6__________________________________________________________________________RE (Resin Emulsion), g         100  100  100  100  100  100AlCl3 *, Aqueous solution, g         1.0  2.0  5    8    10   12Initial pH    3.35 3.10 2.85 2.75 2.45 2.40Initial Viscosity,         3250 1835 1075 850  1365 825cps (25 C.)Shelf or Pot Life, days         25   27   27   44   15   14O/N CuredDry, psi - % W.F.          878-80              --   765-100                        572-100                             492-100                                  --1/2 hr. Boil, psi - % W.F.         194-0              --   256-0                        266-1                             319-85                                  --48 hr. Soak, psi - % W.F.         330-7              --   472-36                        461-100                             374-100                                  --2 Week CuredDry, psi - % W.F.          821-56              --   --   493-100                             450-100                                  --2 Cycle Boil, psi - % W.F.         Del. --   --   266-4                             277-90                                  --48 Hr. Soak, psi - % W.F.         358-0              --   --   477-100                             346-100                                  --__________________________________________________________________________ Key: O/N =  Overnight; Del. = delaminated W.F. = Wood failure *32 Baume, approx. 28 wt. % AlCl3 (about 0.21 gm .[.equivs..]. .Iadd.moles.Iaddend. AlCl3 /100 gms soln.)

                                  TABLE II__________________________________________________________________________(Compositions of Instant Invention)Example No.   7    8    9    10   11    12    13    14__________________________________________________________________________RE (Resin Emulsion), g         100  100  100  100  100   100   100   100Triethanolamine (TEOA)         0.5  1.5  1.85 2    5.5   3.67  5     7.485 wt. %, gAlCl3 *, aqueous solution, g         2    4    5    8    10    10    12    12Mole Ratio (TEOA/AlCl3)         0.68 1.0  1.0  0.68 1.5   1.0   1.1   1.67Initial pH    3.7  3.7  3.65 3.45 3.8   3.4   3.5   3.70Initial Viscosity,         1175 1050 1050 550  900   800   600   550cps (25 C.)Shelf or Pot Life, days         186  180  111  207  171+  178+  190+  30+O/N CuredDry, psi - % W.F.          658-100               660-100                    668-100                         581-100                              620-100                                    539-100                                          582-100                                                520-1001/2 hr. Boil, psi - % W.F.         466-33              316-0                   299-0                        307-0                             254-0 234-0 276-0  48-048 hr. Soak, psi - % W.F.         534-35               452-25                   385-2                         486-14                             326-0 339-22                                         400-14                                               348-02 Week CuredDry, psi - % W.F.          645-100               604-100                    681-100                         535-100                              636-100                                    548-100                                          574-100                                                528-1002 Cycle Boil, psi - % W.F.         384-1              311-0                   288-0                        214-0                             194-0 198-0 256-0 Del.48 Hr. Soak, psi - % W.F.         530-75              440-1                   407-2                         480-25                             336-0 378-15                                         431-32                                               310-0__________________________________________________________________________ *Same solution as in Table I; Del. = delaminated

                                  TABLE III__________________________________________________________________________(Compositions of Instant Invention + Controls)Example No.    15   16    17   18   19    20   21   22    23__________________________________________________________________________RE (Resin Emulsion), g           100 100    100  100  100   100  100  100  100AlCl3 *, aqueous solution, g          4    4     4    --   --    --   --   --    --Triethanolamine 85 wt. %, g          --   --    --   --   1.48  --   0.86 --     1.94Triethylamine 100 wt. %, g          1    --    --   --   --    --   --   --    --N-Methyl Ethanolamine          --   0.42  --   --   --    --   --   --    --100 wt. %, gNH4 OH 30 wt. % as NH3, g          --   --    0.58 --   --    --   --   --    --Cr(NO3)3 * aqueous solution, g          --   --    --    4    4    --   --   --    --Al(NO3)3 * aqueous solution, g          --   --    --   --   --    2.3  2.3  --    --CrCl3 * aqueous solution, g          --   --    --   --   --    --   --   4.4   5.3Mole Ratio (amine/catalyst)          1.18 0.67  1.22 --   1.0   --   1.0  --    1.0Initial pH     3.70 3.50  3.65 2.80 4.10  3.10 3.80 3.40   4.70Initial Viscosity, cps (25 C.)          1350 975   1000 1600 1625  1400 1450 1275  900Shelf or Pot Life, days           221 131    265  21   56    45  63+   24   61+O/N CuredDry, psi - % W.F.          604-100                560-100                      709-100                           717-60                                738-75                                      727-100                                           778-80                                               651-90                                                      690-1001/2 hr. Boil, psi - % W.F.          312-03               323-10                     274-0                          522-30                               171-0 443-2                                          112-0                                               558-52                                                     60-048 hr. Soak, psi - % W.F.          482-49               509-20                     486-23                          596-32                               415-2 506-50                                          416-0                                               564-75                                                     442-02 Week CuredDry, psi - % W.F.          534-100                587-100                     648-88                           890-100                                731-100                                      812-100                                           876-82                                                732-100                                                     794-902 Cycle Boil, psi - % W.F.          281-2               251-0 290-0                          216-0                               Del.  162-0                                           48-0                                               276-0 48-048 Hr. Soak, psi - % W.F.          469-100               498-59                     526-25                          628-62                               374-0 558-49                                          425-0                                               586-50                                                     459-2__________________________________________________________________________ *about 0.21 gm .[.equivs..]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend. catalyst/100 gm solution Del. = delaminated

The procedures used in testing the control and instant adhesive compositions of Tables I, II and III were as follows. The test samples were prepared in accordance with ASTM D-906-64 (Reapproved 1970), herein incorporated by reference, and applied to the birch test panels at a glue spread rate of 40 lb./1000 sq. ft. single glue line, assembly time of 1 minute, a press temperature of 121 C., a press time of three minutes and a pressure of 150 psi.

The one-half hour boil test was carried out in accordance with ASTM D-1151-72 using a preconditioning under par. 4.1 of one day and condition 16, i.e. immersion in boiling water for one-half hour and determining the average strength after exposure in accordance with par. 5.2.1.

The 2-cycle boil test was carried out in accordance with Commercial Standard CS35-61, Hardwood Plywood, published by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Sup. of Docs., Washington 25, D.C., which is herein incorporated by reference, par. 5.4.2 thereof.

The 48 hour soak test is carried out in accordance with the procedure of ASTM D-1151-72, condition 6, wherein the specimen is immersed in water at a temperature of 23 C. for 48 hours and then subjected to the shear strength test.

The shelf or pot life end point is taken as the time at which the adhesive composition gels to the point that it will no longer flow from the container. The sample is not agitated during the total test period and the container is tightly capped so that no skin is formed.

It is to be noted that the pH of the RE resin emulsion is about 4.5 to 5.5 without the addition of the AlCl3 solution thereto. When about 1.5 to 12.0 parts by weight of the AlCl3 solution (containing about 0.21 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.AlCl3 /100 gms) is added to 100 parts by weight of the resin emulsion to thereby provide about 0.0032 to 0.025 gram .[.equivalents.]. .Iadd.moles .Iaddend.Al/Cl3 /100 gms emulsion, the pH is lowered to about between 3.10 and 3.35 to 2.40. However, the pH is then raised by the addition of the basic triethanolamine in a mole ratio of TEOA/AlCl3 of 0.68 to 1.67 to about 3.4 to about 3.8. The triethanolamine acts as a cross-linking inhibitor. It is postulated, although the mechanism of action is not known to applicant, that this inhibition may occur because the triethanolamine raises the pH of the adhesive composition to thus slow the catalytic action of the AlCl3 but not to the lower pH value of 4.5 for the resin emulsion without the catalyst, which would apparently destroy its adhesive property. Another postulation is that triethanolamine being a chelating agent ties up the Al+++ and prevents the AlCl3 from catalyzing the cross-linking of the resin polymer; then, curing the adhesive under pressure and elevated temperatures, the chelation is broken releasing the catalyst to initiate the cross-linking required to provide the adhesion.

The instant adhesive composition is directly applicable to semi-porous and porous substrates, such as hardwoods, softwoods, hardboard, particle board, high pressure laminates and similar materials in appropriate pressing equipment in open assembly time up to about five minutes and closed assembly time up to about twenty minutes. The adhesive is primarily applicable to hot press (pressures of about 25-200 psi) or high frequency cure although it will produce an effective Type II water resistant bond when pressed at room temperature (25 C.) for about 40 minutes. The press time will vary depending on the type of press, method of cure, temperature, spread rate, assembly time and type of substrates being bonded.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3213051 *Jun 21, 1961Oct 19, 1965Borden CoPolyvinyl acetate and polyvinyl alcohol adhesives
US3301809 *Apr 23, 1965Jan 31, 1967Nat Starch Chem CorpNu-methylol acrylamide-vinyl acetate copolymer emulsions containing polyvinyl alcohol
US3563851 *Mar 27, 1968Feb 16, 1971Nat Starch Chem CorpWater resistant vinyl acetate copolymer adhesive compositions
US3619346 *Nov 20, 1967Nov 9, 1971Borden CoPolyvinyl acetate adhesive
US3644257 *Oct 31, 1968Feb 22, 1972Borden IncAcid curable vinylacetate copolymer latex-polyvinyl alcohol adhesive
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US5416140 *Jun 10, 1994May 16, 1995Borden, Inc.Cross-linkable thixotropic wood adhesive gel
Classifications
U.S. Classification524/733, 428/514, 524/803
International ClassificationC09J151/00
Cooperative ClassificationC09J151/003
European ClassificationC09J151/00B