Gluconic acid, also known as glucose, is a common ingredient in many products and industries. It is most commonly used as a preservative, a cleaning agent, and a food additive. It is also used in the production of pharmaceuticals, in the textile industry, and as a bleaching agent.
When rubber is exposed to gluconic acid, it can cause the rubber to become brittle and crack. The acid can also cause swelling, discoloration, and loss of strength in the rubber. The acid can also break down the rubber's surface, making it more susceptible to cracking and tearing. In extreme cases, the acid can cause the rubber to disintegrate completely.
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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