Ethylene dibromide is also known as 1,2-dibromoethane and is commonly used as an agricultural fumigant and an intermediate in the production of other chemicals. In addition, ethylene dibromide is also used as an additive in motor fuels to reduce emissions of lead.
When rubber is exposed to ethylene dibromide, it can cause the rubber to become brittle and cracked due to the chemical reaction between the two components. This can lead to failure of the rubber seal or joint, leading to leakage and other problems. In addition, the chemical reaction can also cause discoloration of the rubber, reducing its aesthetic appeal. Ethylene dibromide can also cause swelling and cracking of rubber due to its solvent properties.
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