Coconut fatty alcohol, also known as lauryl alcohol, is a long-chain alcohol derived from coconut oil. It is commonly used as an emulsifier in the food industry, as well as a surfactant in detergents and soaps. In rubber production, coconut fatty alcohol is used as an antistatic agent, helping to reduce the accumulation of static electricity on the surface of the rubber.
When rubber is exposed to coconut fatty alcohol, it can cause swelling, softening, or hardening of the rubber material, depending on the specific formulation of the alcohol. Additionally, coconut fatty alcohol can cause a decrease in the rubber's tensile strength, leading to cracking, splitting, and other forms of physical damage. Furthermore, coconut fatty alcohol can react with some rubber compounds to form corrosive compounds, which can further weaken the rubber and cause permanent damage.
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