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Title: Softening of rigid polyvinyl chloride by high concentrations of aqueous solutions of methylene chloride
Authors: U.S. Army Toxic and Hazardous Materials Agency
Parker, L. V. (Louise V.)
Ranney, Thomas A.
Taylor, Susan
Keywords: Groundwater pollution
Well casings
Methylene chloride
Organic solvents
Pollution monitoring
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 92-12.
Description: Special Report
Abstract: In this experiment, small pieces of rigid PVC pipe were exposed to high aqueous concentrations of methylene chloride corresponding to 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0 activity solutions. Samples were exposed to the test solutions for 4, 8, 15, 22 and 33 days. Samples exposed to the highest activity solution (1.0) softened within the first 4 days, while samples exposed to the 0.8 activity solution took 22 days to soften. Samples exposed to the lowest activity solution (0.2) showed no signs of softening, while the results for the samples exposed to the 0.4 and 0.6 activity solutions showed some slight changes, indicating some softening. These results reveal that concentrations of methylene chloride below 3340 mg/L (0.2 activity) will not cause softening or serious swelling of rigid PVC. NOTE: This file is very large. Allow your browser several minutes to download the file.
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