Polyvinyl alcohol should not be confused with polyvinyl acetate, also available and known as an effective wood remedy. Polyvinyl alcohol can be found in many household items due to its ability to dissolve in water. Some of the uses of polyvinyl alcohol would be as follows: manufacturing adhesives, thickening polyvinyl acetate glues, coating for detergent packaging. For example liquid tablets where you want the plastic to be dissolved. Polyvinyl alcohol is also used in the production of Slime, together with Borax.
IDENTIFICATION AND PROPERTIES
Names: Polyvinyl Alcohol PVA, Polyvinyl Alcohol PVA
- Appearance: Powder, granular
- Colour: White, light cream
- Odour: Mild
- pH: 5-7, concentration approx. 40 g/l
- Melting point/Freezing point: >200ºC
- Flash point: >70ºC
- Relative density: 1.19 - 1.31
- Solubility in water: 20ºC slightly soluble, >90ºC totally soluble
- Auto-ignition temperature: 440°C
- Decomposition temperature: >200-250ºC
- Explosive properties: Non-explosive
- Oxidising properties: The substance or mixture is not classified as an oxidiser.
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