Abstract: Production of polyurethane foam has been made more cost effective by introducing soya-oil as a surfactant. Consequently, profit maximization has brought about the need to introduce less expensive stabilizing agent. This led to the use of soya-oil in substituting for the commonly used silicone oil. This was carried out in varying concentrations of silicon and soya-oil. It was however proven that soya-oil cannot act as surfactant in polyurethane foam but a combination of 75 silicon oil and 25% vegetable oil gives polyurethane foam with desired physical and mechanical properties. The costing of the price per block of foam produced shows that foam production using vegetable oil as surfactant is cost effective and characterized by foams of better quality.
O.A. Olu-Arotiowa , L.A. Jimoda , D.O. Araromi and R.O. Yusuf , 2008. Foam Production Using Soya Bean Oil as Surfactant. Asian Journal of Information Technology, 7: 215-217.