CUMENE, also known as isopropylbenzene, is a hydrocarbon commonly used as a solvent in various industries, including paint and coatings, pharmaceuticals, and plastics. It is also used as a precursor for chemical synthesis and as a fuel additive.
When exposed to cumene, rubber materials can become brittle and cracked, leading to failures. The hydrocarbon can also cause discoloration and embrittlement of the rubber, resulting in surface defects and reduced flexibility. Additionally, exposure of rubber to cumene can lead to a decrease in the rubber’s tensile strength, making it more susceptible to tearing and breaking.
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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