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Details for Patent: 6,030,682

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Details for Patent: 6,030,682

Title: Container for aerosol formulation
Abstract:A container for aerosols which contains 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane, 1,1,1,2,3,3,3-heptafluoropropane, or a mixture thereof as a propellant, wherein the container has at least one elastomeric sealing member comprising a thermoplastic copolymer of about 80 to about 95 mole percent ethylene and a total of about 5 to about 20 mole percent of one or more comonomers which may be 1-butene, 2-hexene, and 1-octene.
Inventor(s): Marecki; Paul E. (St. Paul, MN)
Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company (St. Paul, MN)
Filing Date:Nov 20, 1997
Application Number:08/975,032
Claims:1. A container for an aerosol formulation that contains 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane, 1,1,1,2,3,3,3-heptafluoropropane or a mixture thereof in an amount effective to function as a propellant, said container having one or more elastomeric sealing members that are comprised of a thermoplastic copolymer of about 80 to about 95 mole percent ethylene and a total of about 5 to about 20 mole percent of one or more comonomers selected from the group consisting of 1-butene, 1-hexene and 1-octene.

2. A container according to claim 1, wherein the elastomer comprises about 91 mole percent ethylene and about 9 mole percent 1-butene, wherein the respective monomer units are substantially randomly distributed in the copolymer.

3. A container according to claim 1, wherein the elastomer comprises: a copolymer of about 88 mole percent ethylene and about 12 mole percent 1-butene.

4. A container according to claim 1, wherein the sole comonomer is 1-butene.

5. A container according to claim 1, wherein the sole comonomer is 1-hexene.

6. A container according to claim 1, wherein the sole comonomer is 1-octene.

7. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a copolymer of about 80 mole percent ethylene and about 20 mole percent 1-butene.

8. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a copolymer of about 90 mole percent ethylene and about 10 mole percent 1-butene.

9. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a copolymer of about 92 mole percent ethylene and about 8 mole percent 1-butene.

10. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a copolymer of about 90 mole percent ethylene and about 10 mole percent 1-octene.

11. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a copolymer of about 92 mole percent ethylene and about 8 percent 1-octene.

12. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a copolymer of about 95 mole percent ethylene, about 1 mole percent 1-butene, and about 4 mole percent 1-hexene.

13. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer comprises a copolymer of about 94 mole percent ethylene, about 1 mole percent 1-butene, and about 5 mole percent 1-octene.

14. A container according to claim 1, wherein the thermoplastic elastomer is a thermoplastic polymer blend comprising at least two thermoplastic copolymers, each comprising a copolymer of about 80 to about 95 mole percent ethylene and a total of about 5 to about 20 mole percent of one or more comomoners selected from the group consisting of 1-butene, 1-hexene, and 1-octene.

15. A container according to claim 14, wherein the sole comonomer in each of the copolymers is 1-butene.

16. A container according to claim 14, wherein the thermoplastic polymer blend comprises (i) a copolymer of about 91 mole percent ethylene and about 9 mole percent 1-butene and (ii) a copolymer of about 80 mole percent ethylene and about 20 mole percent 1-butene.

17. A container according to claim 16, wherein the thermoplastic polymer blend comprises one part by weight of component (i) and about 0.25 to about 4 parts by weight of component (ii).

18. A container according to claim 1 further comprising talc.

19. A container according to claim 1, in the form of a diaphragm.

20. A container according to claim 1, in the form of an O-ring.

21. A container according to claim 1, in the form of a gasket.

22. A container according to claim 1, in the form of a tank seal.
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