Methyl Cellulose, also known as methyl cellulose ether, is a white, odorless, tasteless powder that is soluble in cold water. It is most commonly used as a thickening agent, stabilizer, and emulsifier in food products, but it also has applications in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and paper production.
When rubber is exposed to Methyl Cellulose, it can become brittle, swell, and soften. It can also lead to a decrease in the rubber's tensile strength, which can cause it to crack and delaminate over time. Additionally, the chemical can break down the chemical bonds of the rubber, leading to a breakdown in the rubber's physical and chemical properties.
Aflas® o-rings provide excellent chemical, high temperature, and steam resistance. TFE/P rubber, Aflas® fluoropolymer materials provide dependable sealing performance in water, steam, bases, and caustic environments resulting in common use in the oil exploration and drilling industry.
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