Nitroethane, also known as ethyl nitrite, is a chemical compound commonly used as a solvent in various industrial applications. It is also used as a fuel additive and as a source of nitro-groups in organic synthesis. Common uses of nitroethane include paint strippers, degreasers, cleaners, and fuel additives.
When rubber is exposed to nitroethane, it can cause swelling, softening, and cracking due to the chemical's solvent action. It can also lead to embrittlement and decreased tensile strength in the rubber. Nitroethane can also cause corrosion in certain metal components, which can lead to further mechanical failure in the rubber.
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