Hexachloroethane is also known as Ethylene dichloride (EDC) and is primarily used as a solvent and in the manufacture of plastics, dyes, and pesticides.
When rubber is exposed to hexachloroethane, it can lead to a variety of failures, such as cracking, swelling, embrittlement, and hardening. The solvent action of the chemical can cause the rubber to crack, while its absorption can cause it to swell. Prolonged or intense exposure can also cause the rubber to harden, leading to a loss of elasticity, flexibility, and strength. In some cases, the rubber can also become brittle and prone to cracking.
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