Fluorine gas is also known as F2 or elemental fluorine. It is a highly reactive and corrosive gas, and is widely used in the production of fluorocarbons and other fluorine-containing chemicals, as well as in the semiconductor industry. Common uses of fluorine gas include etching, cleaning, and depositing thin films in the manufacture of components such as integrated circuits and flat panel displays.
Exposure of rubber materials to fluorine gas can lead to a variety of failure modes. The most common type of failure is degradation of rubber due to attack by the fluorine gas, leading to discoloration, cracking, brittleness, and loss of elasticity. Also, the presence of fluorine gas can lead to the formation of acids which can corrode and weaken rubber components. Additionally, fluorine gas can react with the rubber polymers and binders, leading to their breakdown and loss of properties.
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