Monoethanolamine (MEA) is a commonly used chemical known by a number of other names, including 2-aminoethanol, monoethanolamine hydrate, ethanolamine, and 2-hydroxyethanamine. It is frequently used in industrial applications such as cleaning, degreasing, and corrosion prevention, as well as for the formulation of personal care products, paints, and coatings.
When rubber materials are exposed to monoethanolamine, the primary risk of failure is swelling due to the alkalinity of the chemical. In addition, MEA can cause accelerated aging and cracking of rubber due to its oxidizing properties. The risk of failure increases with increased temperature and higher concentrations of MEA. It is important to note that some rubber materials may be more resistant to MEA than others.
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