Ethylene trichloride, also known as chloroethane, is a colorless, nonflammable liquid with a sweet odor. It is used as a solvent and in the production of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and other chemical products. Common industrial uses include degreasing, cleaning, and deodorizing.
When rubber is exposed to ethylene trichloride, it can experience a number of failures. These range from swelling, to softening or cracking, to a change in color or odor. Additionally, the rubber may become brittle and prone to breakage. The severity of these failures depends on the type of rubber used, the concentration of the chemical, and the duration of exposure.
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