Carbolic acid, also known as CARBOLINEUM and phenol, is a colorless, crystalline solid that has a sweet, aromatic odor. It is used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, and preservative in a wide range of industrial applications, including food, beverage, and pharmaceutical production. Common uses include as a preservative in food and beverages, in medical treatments, and as a topical antiseptic.
When rubber is exposed to carbolic acid, it can result in discoloration, brittleness, cracking, and ultimately failure. The reaction is dependent on the type of rubber used, the concentration of the acid, and the exposure time. Generally, natural rubber is more susceptible to the effects of carbolic acid than synthetic rubbers like neoprene and butyl rubber. It is important to choose the right rubber for the job and use proper protection to avoid any potential damage.
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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