Tributyl Mercaptan, also known as 2,2,3,3-Tetrafluorobutyl Mercaptan, is a colorless liquid used in a variety of applications such as plastics, rubber, and textiles. It is commonly used as a flame retardant, plasticizer, and vulcanizing agent.
When exposed to tributyl mercaptan, rubber materials can suffer from a variety of failure modes. These can include softening, embrittlement, and swelling. Softening can occur due to the plasticizers in the chemical leaching out the plasticizers in the rubber, leading to a loss of strength and elasticity. Embrittlement can occur as a result of the chemical breaking down the polymers in the rubber, leading to a loss of elasticity. Swelling can occur due to the chemical reacting with the rubber’s molecules, leading to an increase in volume and a decrease in strength.
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