PU 112 - Measuring Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam (2017)

PU 112 - Measuring Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam (2017)

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This webinar course discussed methods that can be used to measure emissions from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation using the following ASTM standard and work items:

  • ASTM D7859-13e1 Standard Practice for Spraying, Sampling, Packaging, and Test Specimen Preparation of SPF Insulation for Testing of Emissions Using Environmental Chambers
  • WK40293 Test Method for Determination of Vapor-Phase Organic Compounds Emitted from SPF using Micro-Scale Environmental Test Chambers
  • WK51589 Estimating Emissions of Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) from SPF Insulation using Emission Cells or Micro-Scale Environmental Test Chambers
  • WK51588 Standard Method for Measuring Chemical Emissions from SPF in a Large-Scale Spray Room
  • WK52052 Conducting Emission and Fate Modeling for SPF Insulation in an Indoor Environment

The primary focus of the webinar was on preparing samples for analysis in the laboratory and measuring emissions of SPF insulation with micro-scale chambers (D7859-13e1 and WK40293). Selection of sorbent tubes and the analytical methods were discussed to measure emissions of blowing agents, amine catalysts, flame retardants, aldehydes and VOCs. Furthermore, there was an introduction to measuring emissions in a large-scale spray room and predicting emission with fate modelling software (WK51588 and WK52052).

Original Date:

  • May 9, 2017 | 90 minutes


  • Members of CPI - $199.00
  • Non-members - $249.00

CPI Members get $50 off during checkout.
Joint ACC/CPI members will see the $50 savings automatically in your cart.

Who Should Purchase?

  • Environmental representatives for manufacturers and suppliers of spray polyurethane materials, air quality test labs, consultants, regulators, researchers, etc.

  • Learn how the proposed ASTM work items can be used to evaluate SPF insulation for emissions.

  • The methods may be useful to compare products, evaluate formulation changes and characterize materials for potential emissions. 

  • Learn what equipment is required to perform the proposed methods.  


  • To educate participants about the proposed ASTM standards to measure product emissions from SPF insulation and how to evaluate the data. 

Length of Course:

  • The course was a 90 minute webinar. 


  • Dr. Caroline Widdowson (Product Marketing Manager) Markes International, a specialist manufacturer of analytical thermal desorption instrumentation and associated sampling equipment. Caroline participates in many standard and regulatory committees (CEN, ISO, ASTM, BSi) and works closely with industry, test labs and research institutes to equip and advise on the analysis of VOC and SVOCs.
  • John Sebroski (Senior Scientist, Environmental Analytics Laboratory), Covestro LLC, Pittsburgh, PA USA.  John actively participates on several ASTM committees including Subcommittee D22.05 on Indoor Air, where he chairs the task group on developing a method to measure emissions from SPF and he is the chair of CPI’s SPF Emissions Task Force.


  • Overview of the ASTM standards described above and how they can be used to evaluate SPF insulation for emissions. 


For more information, please contact Lee Salamone, (202) 249-6604, Lee_Salamone@americanchemistry.com

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