Butyl ether, also known as ethyl methyl ether, is a chemical compound commonly used as a solvent, a fuel, and a chemical intermediate in various industries. It is found in aerosol propellants, cleaning fluids, and refrigerant gases. Its low boiling point and high volatility make it ideal for applications where these properties are desired.
When exposed to butyl ether, rubber materials can experience swelling, softening, deformation, and cracking. Rubber materials with lower molecular weights, such as nitrile rubber and neoprene, are particularly vulnerable to these types of failures. Additionally, rubber materials that are exposed to butyl ether for long periods of time may experience accelerated aging and deterioration due to the reaction between the chemical and the rubber.
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