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Chemical Compatibility Reference

Chemical Compatibility Reference

Chemical Compatibility Reference

Good afternoon all.

I am looking for a good reference book on chemical compatibility of different substances. Over the past couple of years I've had to look at material of construction for anything from o-rings to internal pump parts to reaction vessels to piping.

I have a couple of packets from different seal manufacturers which are pretty useful, but they do not always agree on the recommendations of what is excellent vs poor to use.

Can anyone recommend a really good reference book that covers metals and elastomers? Searching Google and Amazon.com has returned a few results, but I would greatly appreciate if anyone has a particular favorite they would recommend.

Thankyou all.

RE: Chemical Compatibility Reference

There is no single reference that you can rely on, and there's more to know about this than the charts could ever tell you.

You must check several and compare them against one another.  Always.

NACE is good for metals- a section of the NACE report graphs are reproduced in Perry's Handbook.

For the elastomers, the manufacturers of particular elastomers have pretty good data.  

RE: Chemical Compatibility Reference

If you ever find that book - tell me. I'm in the same situation nearly every day. I have a few brochures downloaded from various websites and I use Cole Palmer (Thanks to this forum) and websites of foundrys and steel manufacturers. But as Molton wrote I always compare the results, so far with pretty good success.

RE: Chemical Compatibility Reference

As stated above, I do not believe there is a single book that compares "everything to everything". I would also like to buy a copy.....if one ever exists

It has been my experience that the best source of information about chemicals has been the manufacturers. Many publish guidelines/books on recommended pumping storage, valves etc.

MSDS sheets contain some limited information....but I have not found them to be very useful.

-My opinion only



RE: Chemical Compatibility Reference

Thankyou all for the input. I must admit that I am a bit surprized that there doesn't seem to exist a comprehensive manual on the subject.

The link Sshep does look to be an excellent resource though.

I'm in the process of looking up Cole Palmer now.

Thankyou all again!

RE: Chemical Compatibility Reference

One excellent publication is the (German) DECHEMA Corrosion Handbook. It is available in English and covers not all possible chemicals but covers any materials for certain chemicals. Check this link:


Each chapter is rather expensive but beleive me it covers every material and its chararteristics with certain chemicals.

RE: Chemical Compatibility Reference

On the bookshelf:

Mechanical and Corrosion Resistant Properties of Plastics and Elastomers
Philip A. Schweitzer, PE
Marcel Dekker, Inc.(CRC)  New York, NY 10016
~ 490 pages
ISBN-10: 0824703480
ISBN-13: 978-0824703486

Corrosion Resistant Materials Handbook, 4th ed.
editor D.J. De Renzo
Noyes Data Corp, Park Ridge, NJ
~ 970 pages
ISBN-10: 0815510233
ISBN-13: 978-0815510239

Compass Corrosion Guide II    
by Kenneth M. Pruett
1983, Compass Publications
ISBN-10: 1889712019
ISBN-13: 978-1889712017
~240 pages

Chemical Resistance Guide for Elastomers II
Kenneth M. Pruett    
1994, Compass Publications
ISBN-10: 1889712027
ISBN-13: 978-1889712024
~ 450 pages

Chemical Resistance Guide for Metals & Alloys
Kenneth Pruett
ISBN-10: 1889712000
ISBN-13: 978-1889712000
Publisher: Compass Publications
~450 pages

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