Steam is a common name for the chemical compound known as water vapor. It is a gas at temperatures and pressures found on the Earth's surface and is used in a wide range of applications such as power generation, heating, and cooling. Steam is also used in the chemical, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.
When rubber is exposed to steam at temperatures below 400°F, there is a risk of the rubber becoming brittle due to the heat and pressure. This can lead to cracking and other physical damage, as well as reducing the overall lifespan of the rubber. Additionally, steam can cause chemicals to leach out of the rubber, potentially compromising its integrity over time.
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