Carbon steel and other alloy materials used in the fabrication of pressure vessels, process equipment, and storage tanks often require linings that will protect the substrate against attack from corrosive or abrasive materials. When barriers to protect these vessels are being considered, quite often natural and synthetic rubber linings are chosen. Rubber has certain basic characteristics that make it an ideal material for use in corrosive and abrasive environments. Natural rubber, along with certain synthetic compounds have excellent resistance to very corrosive chemicals, particularly acids. Rubbers' properties also allow for flexibility to withstand the flex and stress it will be subjected to in a wide range of applications. The chemical resistance, combined with the rubbers' ability to withstand physical movement, makes it an ideal corrosion protection barrier. There is no universal rubber lining material that is resistant to all chemicals, therefore the rubber manufacturer produces a range of natural and synthetic materials; each with basic environmental and
service capabilities. We will look at the individual generic types of materials later on in this presentation.