Hexyl alcohol, otherwise known as 1-hexanol, is an organic compound used in the fragrance and flavor industries, as a solvent in chemical processes, and as a precursor to other compounds.
When exposed to hexyl alcohol, rubber materials may experience a decrease in physical properties such as tensile strength, elongation, and tear strength. This is due to the hydrolysis of the rubber material caused by the alcohol, which weakens the material and can cause it to become brittle. Hexyl alcohol can also cause swelling and softening of rubber, which can lead to deformation and cracking. Additionally, hexyl alcohol can cause discoloration of the rubber material, which can lead to an unsightly appearance.
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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