Trichloroethylene, also referred to as TCE, finds extensive application as a metal degreaser and a chemical intermediary in various industries. It serves as a solvent in metal processing, electronics, printing, pulp and paper, as well as textile sectors. Additionally, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene are utilized as chemical intermediates in the manufacturing process of HFC-134a.
Uses and Applications
Vapor Degreasing - Used primarily for vapor degreasing zinc, aluminum, brass, bronze, and steel parts during fabrication. Specialty grades are available for a variety of applications.
Metal Fabrication - Many industries, including aerospace, automotive, and household appliance production, use trichloroethylene in vapor degreasing for metal parts to remove soil and metal chips during fabrication. It is also used for cold cleaning in painting processes.
Metal Cleaning - Primary solvent for cleaning aluminum and is second only to alkalis for sheet and strip steel cleaning prior to galvanizing. Trichloroethylene degreases more thoroughly and several times faster than alkaline cleaners and requires smaller equipment that consumes less energy.
Polymers - Serves as a chain transfer agent, also known as a modifier or regulator, in the production of polyvinyl chloride.
Refrigerants - Used as a feedstock in the manufacture of mobile air refrigerants and other fluorinated chemical compounds.