Nitrous Oxide, also commonly known as “laughing gas”, is a colorless, odorless gas that has a variety of uses in many industries. It is most commonly used as an anesthetic and analgesic in medical settings, but is also used in automotive engines to increase output and in food production as a propellant.
When rubber is exposed to nitrous oxide, it can cause a variety of failures. The most common form of failure is accelerated aging, which can cause the rubber to become brittle and eventually crack. It can also cause the rubber to swell due to the gas’ solubility, leading to cracking or leaks. Finally, it can cause oxidation in the rubber, leading to a reduction in tensile strength and a decrease in overall performance.
Viton ® o-rings from Marco Rubber offer excellent compatibility with a range of chemicals, oils and resist high temperatures up to 400F. Viton ® is also known as FKM made of fluoroelastomer one of the most versatile and widely used sealing materials.
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