Alkyl Aryl Sulfonates, also known as alkylbenzene sulfonates, are a class of organic compounds used in a variety of industries as surfactants and emulsifiers. These compounds are used to increase the effectiveness of cleaning agents, as well as to disperse oils and hydrophobic materials. Common types of failures when rubber is exposed to alkyl aryl sulfonates include cracking, swelling, and loss of elasticity. The presence of alkyl aryl sulfonates can cause degradation of the polymer structure, leading to brittleness and cracking. Additionally, these compounds can cause swelling of the rubber material, making it less effective in its original use. To avoid these types of failures, it is important to use rubber materials specifically designed to resist alkyl aryl sulfonates when dealing with these compounds.
Viton ® o-rings from Marco Rubber offer excellent compatibility with a range of chemicals, oils and resist high temperatures up to 400F. Viton ® is also known as FKM made of fluoroelastomer one of the most versatile and widely used sealing materials.
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