Acetic acid, also known as ethanoic acid or vinegar, is an organic compound with the chemical formula CH3COOH. It is a colorless liquid with a pungent odor and sour taste. Common uses for acetic acid include industrial manufacturing, food production, cleaning, and medical applications.
When rubber is exposed to acetic acid, the most common type of failure is increased brittleness. This is due to the acid breaking down the rubber's polymer chains and causing them to become shorter and more brittle. Additionally, the rubber may exhibit signs of swelling and cracking, and could potentially lose its elasticity. Therefore, it is important to choose a rubber material that is resistant to acetic acid in order to prevent any potential failures.
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