UN #: 1966
Purity Range Offerings: 99.95% - 99.999%
U.S. DOT Hazmat Class: 2.1
Liquid Density: 113.4 scf/ Gallon
Ethylene, C2H4, is a highly flammable, colorless and noncorrosive gas with a sweet odor. It is easily ignited and a flame can easily flash back to the source of the leak. Under prolonged exposure to fire or heat the containers may rupture violently and rocket. Can cause explosion. Vapors arising from the boiling liquid are lighter than air. Ethylene is not toxic, but is a simple asphyxiant.
Ethylene is used as an anesthetic, a refrigerant, and to make other chemicals as polymers and plastics.
Ethylene is produced in petrochemical processes, as steam cracking where hydrocarbons and steam are heated to 750–950 °C. This process converts large hydrocarbons into smaller ones and introduces unsaturated products.