Xenon is a colorless, odorless, inert gas. It is also known as Xe, xenon gas, and radiactive xenon. It has a variety of uses in general industry, including being used as a propellant for rockets, as a lighting source for high speed photography, and as a tracer gas for medical imaging.
When rubber is exposed to Xenon, there is a risk of embrittlement and cracking. This is due to the gas permeating through the rubber and causing the rubber material to become stiff and brittle. Additionally, depending on the type of rubber material, the gas can cause degradation of the material, leading to cracks and tears. The best way to protect rubber from Xenon is to keep it away from the gas and to use protective sealants, coatings, and barriers.
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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