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Novec(tm) Cleaning Fluids

3M Novec(tm) hydrofluoroethers strike a balance between demands for improved cleaning performance at lower cost and lower environmental impact in a safer healthier workplace.

Novec(tm) HFEs are suitable for use in vapour and immersion degreasing processes in applications including precision engineering; de-fluxing; wax and grease removal.

When used in combination with a co-solvent hydrocarbon 3M Novec HFE's offer truly outstanding cleaning performance in the most challenging of cleaning applications.

Novec fluids offer:

  • Low toxicity
  • Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
  • Low Global Warming Potential (GWP)
  • Thermal and Chemical stability
  • Hydrolytic stability
  • Non-corrosive
  • Excellent dielectric properties
  • Low viscosity and surface tension
  • Wide range of boiling points
  • Good materials compatibility
  • Non-flammable

Application:

  • Light duty cleaning
  • Particulate removal, wipe cleaning
  • Flux residue removal; oil and grease removal
  • Light wax removal
  • Co-solvent cleaning for heavy waxes, oils and greases (see also co-solvent materials such as Inventec Performance Chemicals)
  • Medium duty cleaning
  • Heavy duty cleaning

NOVEC-71DA NOVEC-71DE NOVEC-71IPA NOVEC-72DA NOVEC-72DE NOVEC-72FL
Boiling Point(°C) 40 41 54.8 44
43
45
Freeze Point (°C)* -29 -24
-42 -38
-38

Flashpoint (°C) None
None
None
None
None
None
Global Warming Potential -GWP 170 160 300 43
43
71
Vapor Pressure(kPa) 51
63
27.6
47.9
46.7
n/a
Liquid Density (g/c m3 ) 1.33
1.37
1.42
1.27
1.28
1.40
Surface Tension (mN/m)
16.4
16.6
14.5
18.0
19.0
16.0
Dynamic Viscosity (mPa s)
0.45
0.45
0.75
0.40
0.45
0.45
Solubility in Water (ppm)
< 10
< 10
< 10
< 10
< 10
< 10
Heat of Vaporization @ B.P. (kJ/kg)
209
201
165
251
217
n/a
Toxicity - Exposure, 8h av. (ppm)
750/200
750/200
750/400
750/200
750/200
200


* = Critical solution temperature

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