Xylol (otherwise known as xylene or dimethylbenzene) is an aromatic hydrocarbon commonly used as a solvent in various industries, such as paint, printing, and leather tanning. It is also used as a chemical intermediate in the production of a wide range of products, including plastics, synthetic rubber and pharmaceuticals.
When rubber is exposed to xylol, the chemical can cause a range of failure types, depending on the rubber material used. Common failures include swelling, softening, cracking, hardening, brittleness, discoloration, and embrittlement. Xylol is highly volatile and can reduce the elasticity of rubber, leading to a decrease in its tensile strength and flexibility. It can also cause swelling and cracking in rubber due to the chemical's ability to penetrate the material.
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