Chlorinated solvents, also known as chlorinated hydrocarbons, are a class of compounds that contain chlorine and are widely used in industrial processes. Commonly used chlorinated solvents include trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, and carbon tetrachloride. These solvents are used in paint stripping, dry cleaning, spot cleaning, degreasing, and a myriad of other applications.
The primary issue when rubber is exposed to chlorinated solvents is the swelling of the rubber, leading to an increase in rubber volume and a decrease in strength. This swelling can be further compounded if the rubber is exposed to heat, leading to a decrease in elasticity and an increase in brittleness. Additionally, the degradation of the rubber can lead to a decrease in the ability of the rubber to resist chemicals, which can lead to further 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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