To achieve a UL94 V(0) rating at 1/8″ (3.2 mm) in polypropylene, a loading of 60% MagShield S NB 10 magnesium hydroxide by weight of the total compound is usually required. MagShield S NB 10 is coated with 1.0% magnesium stearate using a proprietary process to improve dispersion and to reduce mixing requirements.

Processing Guidelines

Compounding trials in polypropylene (PP) homopolymer with a melt flow index of 22 at 230°C were conducted using a 40 mm Leistritz twin screw extruder. To obtain the whitest extrudate strands with the least porosity, the following guidelines are recommended:

  • Processing temperature between 200°C and 225°C.
  • Operating the extruder at low shear rate. The Leistritz extruder, which has a maximum rpm of 400, was operated at 150 rpm. The extruder element setup is available on request.
  • Proper venting, preferably vacuum venting of at least 900 millibars near the die, is needed.

Formulation:

  • 37.5% PP (22MFI)
  • 60% MagShield S NB 10
  • 1.5% Calcium Stearate
  • 1.0% *PolyAd Preblend MM1252-25

UL94 Data at 1/8″ (3.2 mm):

  • UL94 Rating at 1/8″ (3.2 mm): V(0)
  • Total Afterflame Time (5 samples): 20 seconds
  • Total Afterflame + Afterglow (5 samples): 20 seconds, no afterglow
  • Afterflame on any sample to holding clamp: No
  • Ignited Cotton: No

Stabilization and Processing Aids

Addition of stabilizers such as PolyAd Preblend MM1252-25 from Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation is helpful in providing good color in the extrudate. Other multi-component stabilizer packages may be used. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) may be added for additional whiteness/brightness.

Additional stearate processing aid can be added up to 1.0% to reduce extruder torque. In these trials, 1.0% calcium stearate was used. Stuktol Company of America’s additive TR 071 has also been proven to be effective with MagShield.

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