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Corrosion & Chemical Resistance of Common Materials

Document Number: 164
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This chart lists the compatibility of materials with many common workplace chemicals. The information is believed to be accurate. However, the chart is for general use only, and is not a guarantee of chemical compatibility. Ben Meadows can assume no responsibility for the use of this information. Variations in temperature, pressure or concentration may affect the chemical resistance of a material.

CHEMICAL LDPE HDPE PP PVC PTFE resin® NYLON BUNA-N VITON ALUMINUM CARBON
STEEL
STAINLESS
STEEL 316
STAINLESS
STEEL 304
Acetic acid, glacial B A B D A D C D A D A C
Acetone D D A D A A D D A A A A
Acetonitrile A A C D A nt D D B A A A
Acrylonitrile A A C D A A D D B A A A
Alcohols:
Amyl A A nt nt A A B B B B A A
Benzyl D C D C A D D A B B A A
Ethyl B A B C A A C A B B A A
Hexyl B B nt nt A A A A A A A A
Isobutyl A A A C A A B A B nt A A
Isopropyl A A A C A B B A B A A A
Methyl A A A C A A A B A A A A
Aluminum Hydroxide B A B B A A A A B nt C A
Ammonium Chloride nt A nt nt A C B A C D D C
Ammonium Hydroxide B A B C A A D B B D A A
Amyl Acetate C B C D A C D D A B A A
Amyl Chloride D C D D A C nt B A A A A
Aniline B B C D A C D C C B B A
Benzaldehyde B A B D A C D D B A B B
Benzene D D D D A A D A B A B B
Bromine D D D D A D D A D D D D
Butadiene D D D D A A D B A A A A
Butyric Acid D D D D A B D B B D B B
Calcium Hydroxide A A A B A A A A C C B C
Calcium Hypochlorite A A A D A C C A D D B C
Chloroform D D D D A D D A B B A B
Cresols D D C D A D D A A A A A
Cyclohaxane D D D D A A A A A B A A
Cyclohexanone D D D D A A nt D A B A A
Diethylamine D D C D A A C D B A B nt
Diethylene Glycol A A A D A A A A B nt A A
Ethyl Acetate A A A D A A D D B A B B
Ethylene Glycol A A A D A B A A B A A A
Fatty Acids B A B B A A B A A D A B
Formaldehyde 40% B A B D A C B A B A A A
Gasoline D B C D A A A A A A A A
Heptane D C C D A A A A A A A A
Hexane D C C D A A A A A A A A
Hydrazine D D D D A nt B A nt D A A
Hydrochloric acid, 20% A A A B A D nt A D D D D
Hydrochloric acid, 100% nt nt nt D nt D D A D D D D
Hydrofluoric acid, 20% A A A A nt C B A D D D D
Hydrofluoric acid, 100% nt nt nt nt nt D D A D D B B
Hydrogen peroxide,30% B A B C A D nt A A nt B B
Isopropyl acetate C B C D A B D D B B A C
Kerosene D B C D A A A A A A A A
Mercury A A A C A A A A nt A A A
Methyl Acetate D C C D A A D D A A A A
Methyl Ethyl Ketone D D B D A A D D A A A A
Methylene Chloride D D D D A C D B A B B B
Mineral Spirits D D D D A A A A A nt A A
Nitric acid, 50% D D D D A D D A C D A A
Nitrobenzene D D D D A B D B A B A B
Phosphoric acid, >40% A A B C A B D A B D B A
Potassium Hydroxide, 80% A A A C A C B B D nt B B
Propylene Glycol A A A C A nt A A B A B B
Silver Nitrate B A B B A A B A D D B B
Sodium Hydroxide, 80% B C A C A C B B D D C B
Sodium Hypochlorite, <20% A A C C A D B A D D C C
Sulfuric acid, <10% A A A B A C D A D D B D
Sulfuric acid, 10-75% B A B D A D D A D D D D
Sulfuric acid, 75-100% B B C D A D D A D D D C
Tetrachloroethane nt nt nt D nt C D A C A A B
Tetrachloroethylene nt nt nt D nt A D A nt A A nt
Toluene D B C C A A D A A A A A
Trichloroethane D D D D B C D A C B A B
Trichloroethylene D D D D A C C A A D B B
Xylene C C D D A A D A A B A A

A = EXCELLENT
B = GOOD
C = FAIR
D = NOT RECOMMENDED
nt = NO TEST DATA AVAILABLE



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