Tribromomethylbenzene (TBM), also known as tribromobenzene, is a common industrial chemical used as a flame retardant, a plasticizer, and in various pesticides and herbicides.
When exposed to tribromomethylbenzene, rubber materials can suffer from a variety of failure modes. These can include swelling, softening, embrittlement, cracking, and discoloration. Swelling occurs due to plasticizers in the chemical leaching out the plasticizers in the rubber, which can lead to a loss of strength and cracking. Embrittlement can occur as a result of the chemical breaking down the polymers in the rubber, leading to a loss of elasticity. Cracking can occur due to the chemical reacting with the rubber and causing it to become brittle. Finally, discoloration can occur due to the chemical reacting with the rubber’s pigments.
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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