Butyl butyrate, also known as butyl butanoate, is a colorless liquid with a sweet, fruity odor. Common uses of butyl butyrate include fragrances, flavors, and pharmaceuticals. Additionally, it is used in the manufacture of plastics, rubber, and other industrial products.
When exposed to butyl butyrate, rubber can become brittle, swollen, and discolored. This is due to the butyrate’s ability to penetrate the rubber material and cause it to break down. Additionally, the discoloration of the rubber is caused by the reaction of the butyrate with the rubber’s components. In extreme cases, the rubber can become brittle and can easily break apart.
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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