Palmitic acid, sometimes referred to as palm kernel fatty acid, is a saturated fatty acid found in plants and animals. It is used in a variety of industries, including cosmetics, foods, lubricants and pharmaceuticals. Palmitic acid is the most common saturated fatty acid in the human body and is an important component of many lipids in the body.
Rubber materials exposed to palmitic acid can suffer from a variety of failures due to the material's sensitivity to the acid. These failures can range from discoloration and softening to swelling and embrittlement, depending on the type of rubber. Additionally, low temperatures can cause the rubber to become stiff and brittle, leading to cracking and tearing.
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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