Many resins used in the composite industry emit styrene vapors which are considered hazardous in high concentrations and whose odor is an unpleasant nuisance. This gas is categorized as a volatile organic compound (VOC) and listed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP). Styrene is considered highly reactive in the atmosphere and may contribute to smog formation and the production of secondary air pollutants.
Ecosorb® 206 was developed specifically for use by manufacturers in the growing styrene market and is an environmentally–friendly solution for controlling styrene odors created during the production of composite materials such as plastic products. Ecosorb® 206 enhances the solubility of styrene so that airborne styrene molecules can be dissolved into atomized, diluted Ecosorb® odor management products. Laboratory tests prove that an aqueous solution containing Ecosorb® 206 reacts with dissolved styrene – reducing the styrene by 98% within 20 minutes. Research data supports its effectiveness.
The fabrication process for fiberglass-reinforced products presents a number of applications within the plant for Ecosorb® odor management solutions. FRP fabrication does not tolerate the presence of water. The system designer must take this into consideration. Where spray booths are used, the air exhaust system usually provides a plenum and exhaust stack into which atomization nozzles can be installed to treat the exhausting air. For indoor treatment, low volume fan delivery systems and pure vapor phase systems are appropriate.
If you have questions about how Ecosorb® products can be used to eliminate odors in the composite industry, Contact OMI Industries.