Phenol, also known as Carbolic Acid or Hydroxybenzene, is a white crystalline solid used in a variety of industries. It is commonly used as an antiseptic in medicine, as a preservative in food, as a bleaching agent in the textile industry, and as a disinfectant in water treatment.
When rubber is exposed to phenol, the rubber can become brittle and deteriorate over time due to the corrosive nature of the chemical. In addition, the rubber may become discolored and swell as the phenol breaks down the polymer chains of the rubber. Rubber seals used in applications involving phenol should be made of a material that is resistant to the chemical, such as neoprene or fluorocarbon.
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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