Methyl abietate, also known as methyl ester of abietic acid, is a commonly used preservative in the food, paper, and cosmetic industries. It is used to inhibit the growth of molds and fungi, as well as to extend the shelf life of food products.
Rubber materials are not particularly compatible with methyl abietate due to its strong acidity. Common types of failure include swelling caused by the absorption of the solvent, leading to a decrease in their sealing capabilities and potential leakage of the material they are supposed to contain. Additionally, long-term exposure to methyl abietate can cause rubber materials to become brittle, leading to cracking or tearing.
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