Trichloroethylene from Chemtex

Trichloroethylene or TCE (C2HCl3) is a chlorinated solvent based volatile, liquid, for use in industrial cleaning and degreasing applications. Heavy engineering industries like iron and steel manufacturers, power plants, oil refineries, automobiles, textiles opt for Trichloroethylene chemical for removal of oil, grease, fats, waxes, tars, lubricants and other hydrocarbon residues.

The advantage of using TCE for cleaning application is that it does not indulge in corrosive reaction with metal surface, even in the presence of moisture. It is soluble in organic solvents and slightly soluble in water.

Chemtex manufactured Trichloroethylene (TCE) finds usage in

One of the major use of Trichloroethylene (TCE) is in cleaning or degreasing of industrial components made up of Zinc, Aluminium, Brass, Bronze and Steel. It finds immense use in almost all metalworking and maintenance of industrial metallurgy for removal of  oil, grease, wax, tar, lubricant, fats, proteins, and other hydrocarbon impurities.  It is considered as a pre-treatment to surface before being subjected to galvanizing, electroplating, coating, painting, etc.

TCE Industrial Use

  • Manufacturing Plant
  • Fabricated Metal
  • Electricals and Electronics
  • Automobile

Compatible with both normal as well as vaporizing cleaning, TCE can be used either as a solvent dip or as a spray chemical and directly applied on the oily / greasy components. In vapor cleaning or degreasing, TCE solution can be heated to its boiling point and then condensed into a pure liquid solvent which drips on the contaminated parts, dissolving and draining the contaminants away into the tank.

Other Uses of Trichloroethylene

  • Heat treatment plants
  • Spray coatings for use in furniture, automobile and other end consumer products
  • Cable manufacturing
  • Gas manufacturing plants
  • Refrigerant line cleaning
  • Operations & Maintenance (O&M) sectors
  • Effective extraction solvent
  • General solvent for use with adhesives, lubricants, paints, varnishes, paint strippers, pesticides and cold metal cleaners

Trichloroethylene (TCE) | CAS No. 79-01-6

Properties Typical Value
Form Viscous Liquid
Appearance Colourless
Assay 100.0% wt. (Max.)
Moisture Content 200 ppm (Max.)
Density (25°C) 1.46 g/cc
Boiling Point 86 - 88°C
Solubility Insoluble in water; Soluble in ether, alcohol