Lauroyl alcohol, also known as lauric acid, is a fatty alcohol used in the production of soaps, detergents and shampoos. It is also used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals as an emulsifying and thickening agent. It is used in the food industry as a flavoring agent, preservative and a surfactant.
When rubber is exposed to lauroyl alcohol, it can cause swelling and softening of the material, leading to inadequate sealing and poor performance. This is particularly noticeable with rubber materials that have low resistance to chemicals, as the lauroyl alcohol can break down the bonds between the rubber molecules. In some cases, it can even lead to complete degradation of the rubber material.
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