Chemical Resistance Chart for polyethylene tanks & process systems, gaskets and metallurgy"Chemical Resistance Chart for Tanks made of Polyethylene Linear and Crosslink & Polypropylene Chemical Resistance Chart for plastic polyethylene tanks, gasket material and stainless steel

Plastic Tank Chemical Resistance Chart for Polypropylene and Polyethylene, Linear and Crosslink                          

PE = Polyethylene...  PP = Polypropylene...  XLPE = Crosslink Polyethylene...  A = Excellent... B = Good...   C = Not suggested

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Chemical Resistance Data
TANK MATERIALS FITTING MATERIAL          
PE PP XLPE PVC CPVC EPDM NEOPRENE VITON 316 SS TITANIUM HASTELLOY C
REAGENT CONC. 70 140 70 140 70 140
Acetone C C C C C C C C C C C C C C
Acetaidehyde* 100% B C A B B C C C A C C A A A
Acetic Acid* 10% A A A A A A A A A A B A A A
Acetic Acid* 60% A B A A A A A A A B B A A A
Acetic Anhydride C C - - C C C C B A C A A A
Air A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Aluminum Chloride all concentr. A A A A A A A A A A A C B A
Aluminum Fluoride all concentr. A A A A A A A A A A A C A B
Aluminum Sulphate all concentr. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Alums all types A A A A A A A A A A A A - A
Ammonia 100% dry gas A A A A A A B A A A A A C A
Ammonium Carbonate A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Ammonium Chloride satíd A A A A A A A A A A A C B A
Ammonium Fluoride satíd A A A A A A A A B A A C A A
Ammonium Hydroxide 10% A A A A A A A A B A B A A B
Ammonium Hydroxide 28% A A A A A A A A A A B A A B
Ammonium Nitrate satíd. A A A A A A A A A B A A A B
Ammonium
  Persulphate satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Ammonium Sulphate satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Ammonium
  Metaphoshate satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Ammonium Sulfide satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Amyl Acetate*# 100% C C B C C C C C A C C A A A
Amyl Alcohol*# 100% A A A B A A A A A A B A B A
Amyl Chloride*# 100% C C C C C C C C C C B A C A
Aniline*# 100% C C A A A C C C B C C B C B
Aqua Regia+ C C C C C C C C C C B C A C
Arsenic Acid all concentr. A A A A A A A A A A A A B B
Aromatic
  Hydrocarbons*# C C - - C C C C C C A C - -
Ascorbic Acid 10% A A A A A A A A A A A - - -
Barium Carbonate satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Barium Chloride satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A B
Barium Hydroxide A A A A A A A A A A A B B A
Barium Sulphate satíd. A A A A A A B B A A A B B -
Barium Sulphate satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A A
Beer A A A A C C A A A C A A B B
Benzene*# C C B C C C C C C C A B A B
Benzoic Acid all concentr. A A A A A A A A C A A B B A
Bismuth Carbonate satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A B
Bleachlye 10% A A A A A A A A A A A A B B
Borax satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A A B A
Boric Acid all concentr. A A A A A A A B A A A A A A
Boron Trifluoride A A - - A A A A A A A - B -
Brine A A A A A A A A A A A C A A
Bromine+ liquid C C C C C C C C C C A C A A
Bromine Water # satíd. C C C - C C C C C C A C A A
Butanediol* 10% A A A A A A - - - - - - - -
Butanediol* 60% A A A A A A - - - - - - - -
Butanedial* 100% A A A A A A - - - - - - - -
Butter* A A A A C C - A A B A A - -
n-Butyl Acetate*# 100% A C C C A C B C B C B B A A
n-Butyl Alcohol 100% A A A - A A A B B A A A A A
Butyric Acid# conc. C C - - - - B B B C B B A A
Calcium Bisulphide A A A A A A A A A A A B A -
Calcium Carbonate satíd. A A A A A A A A A A A B B B
Calcium Chlorate satíd. A A A A A A A A A - A - - -
Calcium Chloride satíd. A A A A A A A A B A A B A A
Calcium Hydroxide conc. A A A A A A A A B C A B A B
Calcium
  Hyphochlorite bleach solín. A A A B B B B B A C A C - B
Calcium Nitrate 50% A A A A A A A A A B A A A
Calcium Oxide satíd. A A - - A A A A A A A A A A
Calcium Sulphate A A A A A A A A A C - B A A
Camphor Oil*# C C C C C C - - - - A A
Carbon Dioxide all concentr. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Carbon Disulphide C C B C C C C C C C A B B B
Carbon Monoxide A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Carbon
  Tectrachloride# C C C C C C B C C C A B A A
Carbonic Acid A A A A A A A A A A A A B A
Caster Oil# conc. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Chlorine+ 100% dry gas C C C C B C C C C C A C C B
Chlorineliquid+ C C C C C C A A C C A C A A
Chlorine Water+ 2% satíd. solín. A A A B A A A A C C A C A A
Chlorobenzene*# C C C C C C C C C C A A A B
Chlorofoam*# B C C C C C C C C C A A A A
Chlorosulphonic Acid 100% C C C C C C C C C C C B C A
Chrome Alum sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Chromic Acid 80% - - A - - - C C C C B B C B
Chromic Acid 50% A B A A A B B B B C A B C B
Chromic Acid 10% A A A A A A A A B C A B C B
Cider* A A A A C C - - - A A A A -
Citric Acid* sat'd. A A A A A A - B A A A A A A
Coconut Oil Alcohols* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Coffee A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Cola Concentrates* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Copper Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A C A A
Copper Cyanide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B B B
Copper Fluoride 2% A A A A A A A A A - A A A A
Copper Nitrate sat'd. A A A A A A A A - A A B B A
Copper Sulphate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A A
Corn Oil* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Cottonseed Oil* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Cuprous Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A C A A
Detergents, Synthetic* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Developers,
   Photographic A A A A A A A A - - - A A A
Dextrin sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Destrose sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Diazo Salts A A A A A A A A - - - - - -
Dibutylphthalate*# B B A B B B C C - - - A - -
Dichlorobenzene*# C C - - C C - - - - - - - -
Diethyl Ketone*# B B - - B C - - - - - - - -
Diethylene Glycol* A A A A A A C C A A A A A B
Diglycolic Acid* A A - - A A A A A - A A A -
Dimethylamine C C - - C C C C C A C A - -
Disodium Phosphate A A A A A A A A - - A A A -
Emulsions,
   Photgraphic* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Ethyl Acetate*# 100% B C B B B C C C B C C A A A
Ethyl Alcohol* 100% A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Ethyl Alcohol* 35% A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Ethyl Benzene*# C C C C C C - - - - - A - -
Ethyl Chloride# C C C C C C C C A B A A A A
Ethyl Ether# C C B C C C C C C C C A A B
Ethylene Chloride*# C C C C C C C C A B A A B C
Ethylene Glycol* A A A A A A A A A A A A A B
Fatty Acids* A A A A A A B B C B A A B A
Ferric Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A B A C A B
Ferric Nitrate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A B
Ferrous Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A C A B
Ferrous Sulphate A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Fish Solubles* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Fluoboric Acid A A A A A A A A A A A C C A
Fluosillic Acid conc. A B A B A A A A A A A B C A
Fluosillic Acid 32% A A A A A A A A A A A B C A
Formic Acid all concentr. A A A A A A A A A A C C C A
Fructose sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Fruit Pulp* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Furtural# 100% B C C C C C C C B C C B B A
Furfuryl Alcohol*# B C C C C C - - - - A A - -
Gallic Acid* sat'd. A B A A A A A B B B A B A B
Gasoline*# B C B C A C C C C B A A A A
Glucose A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Glycerine* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Glycol* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Glycolic Acid* 30% A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Grape Sugar sat'd. ag. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
n-Heptane*# B B - - A C C A C A A A A A
Hexachlorobenzene A - - - A A - - - - - - - -
Hexanol, Tertiary* A A - - A A - - - - B A A -
Hydrobromic Acid 50% A A A A A A A A A B A C A B
Hydrobromic Acid all conc. A A A A A A A A A - A C C A
Hydrobromic Acid sat'd. A A - - A A A A A - A C B
Hydrochloric Acid A A - - A A A A A - A C B A
Hydrofluoric Acid* 60% A A A A A A A A A - A C C A
Hydrogen 100% A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Hydrogen Chloride dry gas A A A A A A - - - - - - - -
Hydrogen Peroxide 30% B B A - A A A A - - A B B A
Hydrogen Peroxide 10% A A A B A A A A - - A B B A
Hydrogen Sulphide A A A A A A A A A A C B A A
Hydroquinone A A A A A A A A - C A - - -
Hypochlorous Acid conc. A A A A A A A A - - A - A A
Inks# A A A A A A A A - - A C A A
Iodine+ in kl sol'n B - - - B C C C B C A C C B
Isopropyl Alcohol 100% - - A A A A A A - A A A A A
Lead Acetate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Lead Nitrate A A - - A A A A A A A A A A
Lactic Acid* 20% A A A A A A A A A A A B B B
Linseed Oil* 100% B C A A A C A A A A A A A
Magnesium Carbonate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Magnesium Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Magnesium Hydroxide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Magnesium Nitrate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Magnesium Sulphate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Mercuric Chloride 40% A A A A A A A A A A A C A C
Mercuric Cyanide sat'd. A A A A A A B A A A C A
Mercury A A A A A A B A A A A A A A
Methyl Alcohol* 100% A A A A A A A A B B C A A C
Methylethyl 100% B C A B B C C C A C C A A A
Ketone*#
Methylene Chloride*# 100% C C B C C C C C C C A A B
Milk A A A A C C A A A A A A A A
Mineral Oils# B C A B A C A A A A A A A A
Molasses A A A A A A A A C A A A A A
Naptha*# B C B C A A C C A A A A
Naphthalene*# B A A C C C C C C A A A A
Nickel Chloride conc. A A A A A A A A A A A C A B
Nickel Nitrate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B B B
Nickel Sulphate conc. A A A A A A A A A A A B B B
Nicotine* dilute A A A A A A A A
Nitric Acid 0-30% A A C C A A A A B A A A A A
Nitric Acid+ 30-50% A B C C A B B B B A A A A A
Nitric Acid+ 70% A B C C A B C C C A A A A A
Nitric Acid+ 95-98% C C C C C C C C C A A A A
Nitrobenzene*# 100% C C C C C C C C C C B A A C
n-Octane A A A A
Oleic Acid B C A B A C C A B C B B C B
Oxalic Acid* sat'd. A A A B A A A C A B A B C B
Perchloroethylene# C C C C C B C C A A A B
Phosphoric Acid 95% A A A A A B B A B B A B B A
Photographic Solutions A A A A A A A A B A A A A A
Plating Solutions*
  Brass A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
  Cadium A A A A A A A A C C A A C A
  Chromium A A A A A A A A B A C C C
  Copper A A A A A A A A A A A A A
  Gold A A A A A A A A A A A A A
  Indium A A A A A A A A A A
  Lead A A A A A A A A A C C A
  Nickel A A A A A A A A A C A C
  Rhodium A A A A A A A A A A C A
  Silver A A A A A A A A C C A
  Tin A A A A A A A A A C A A
  Zinc A A A A A A A A A A C A B
Potassium Bicarbonate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Bromide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Bromate 10% A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Carbonate A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Chlorate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Chromate 40% A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Cyanide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Dichromate 40% A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium
  Ferri/Ferro sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
  Cyanide
Potassium Fluoride A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Hydroxide conc. A A A A A A A A A B B B A B
Potassium Nitrate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Perborate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Perchlorate 10% A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium
  Permanganate 20% A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Persulphate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A B A B
Potassium Sulphate conc. A A A A A A A A A C A B A B
Potassium Sulphide conc. A A A A A A A A A C A B A B
Potassium Sulphite conc. A A A A A A A A A C A B A B
Propargyl Alcohol* A A A A
n-Propyl Alcohol* A A A A A A A A A A A A
Propylene Dichloride*# 100% C C C C C C A A C A B
Propylene Glycol* A A A A C C A B A B
Pyridine* A A A C C B B C C A B B
Resorcinol sat'd. A A A A
Sallcylic Acid sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A
Sea Water A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Selenic Acid A A A A A A A
Shortening* A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Silver Nitrate Solution A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Soap Solution* any con A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Sodium Acetate sat'd. A A A A A A B B A B C B A A
Sodium Benzoate 35% A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Sodium Biscarbonate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A B C B B B
Sodium Bisulphate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A C A B B A
Sodium Bisulphite sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B B A
Sodum Borate A A A A A A A A A A A B A A
Sodium Bromide dilute A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Sodium Carbonate conc. A A A A A A A A A A C A A A
Sodium Chlorate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Sodium Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A C A A
Sodium Cyanide A A A A A A A A A A A B A A
Sodium Dichromate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Sodium Ferri/Ferro
  Cyanide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Sodium Fluoride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A C A C A A
Sodium Hydroxide conc. A A A A A A A A A B A B B B
Sodium Hypochlorite 1 A A A B B B B B B C A C C B
Sodium Nitrate A A A A A A A A A B A B A B
Sodium Sulphate A A A A A A A A A B A B A B
Sodium Sulphide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Sodium Sulphite sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A B A B
Stannic Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A B C A C A B
Stannous Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A B
Starch Solution* sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Stearic Acid* 100% A A A A A A B B B B A A A B
Sulphuric Acid 0-50% A A A B A A A A B C A C C B
Sulphuric Acid + 70% A B A B A B A A B C A C C B
Sulphuric Acid + 80% A C C C A B A A B A C C B
Sulphuric Acid + 96% B C C A B C B B C A C C B
Sulphuric Acid + 98-conc. B C C B C C B B C A C C B
Sulphuric Acid + fuming C C C C C C C B C C A C C C
Sulphurous Acid A A A A A A A A B C A B A B
Tallow# A A A A B A A
Tannic Acid* sat'd. A A A A A A A A A B A A A B
Tartaric Acid A A A A A A A A B B A C A B
Tetrolydrofuran*# B C C C C C C C B C C A A A
Titanium Tetrachloride* sat'd. C C C A
Toluene* B B C C C C C C C C C A A A
Trichloroethylene*# C C C C C C C C C C A B A B
Triethylene Glycol* A A A A A A A
Trisodium Phosphate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Turpentine# C C C C C C B B C C A A B B
Urea 30% A A A A A A B B A
Urine A A A A A A A A A C A A
Vanilla Extract* A A A A A A
Vinegar A A A A A A A A A C A A A A
Water A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Wetting Agent* A A A A A A
Whiskey* A A A A C C A A A A A A A A
Wines* A A A A A C C A A A A A A A
Xylene# C C C C C C C C C C C A A A
Yeast A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Zinc Bromide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A
Zinc Carbonate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A
Zinc Chloride sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Zinc Oxide sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A A
Zinc Stearate A A A A A A A A A A A A
Zinc Sulphate sat'd. A A A A A A A A A A A A A  

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