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Ethylene

Last updated: June 2, 2020

What Does Ethylene Mean?

Ethylene is a hydrocarbon that is a simple form of alkene having two hydrogen molecules, each attached to two carbon molecules that are double bonded together. The chemical formula for ethylene is H2C=CH2 or C2H4. It easily combines with oxides and glycols to form ethylene oxide and ethylene glycols, respectively.

Ethylene is widely used in the petrochemical industry to manufacture polyethylene.

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Corrosionpedia Explains Ethylene

Ethylene is a hydrocarbon that appears in a form of a highly flammable colorless gas, which has a sweet and musky odor when it is in the purest form.

Some of the characteristics of ethylene are:

  • Molar mass: 28.05 gram/mol
  • Density: 1.178 kg/m3
  • Melting point: -169.2°C (-272.6°F)
  • Boiling point: -103.7°C (-154.7°F)

Produced from ethylene, polyethylene is a good insulator and resists caustic materials. It is almost unbreakable. It is reliable and usable under any environmental conditions from extreme hot to extreme cold.

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