Benzene is a colorless, sweet-smelling liquid with several common names, including benzol, coal naphtha, and mineral naphtha. It is commonly used as a solvent in the manufacturing of many products, such as plastics, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. It is also used as a fuel additive and to make other chemicals.
When rubber is exposed to benzene, the rubber can become brittle and cracked over time. Exposure to benzene can cause rubber to lose its elasticity and become more brittle. This can be accelerated by high temperatures and prolonged exposure. Additionally, benzene can cause the rubber to become more prone to cracking and splitting, which can lead to premature failure.
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