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We have compiled a list of frequent questions below, which may help you. However please dont hesitate to contact us if you have any questions which are not answered sufficiently well.

Opteon™ SF80 specialty fluid is designed to meet the high solvency needs in the industrial cleaning market. Opteon™ SF80 is a safe, non-flammable, and environmentally friendly solvent with low global warming potential (GWP) (<2.5) and is designed to clean a wide range a soils form mechanical components, Electronics, Optics, Military hardware etc both in existing solvent cleaning systems and for hand cleaning applications. Opteon™ SF80 does not contain any fluorinated greenhouse gases (as listed in Annex 1 of the EU regulations 517/2014), which are all highly desirable in industrial cleaning applications like vapor degreasing.

Opteon™ SF80 is a blend of proprietary fluids and trans-1, 2-dichloroethylene (t-DCE) with azeotrope-like properties. Its exceptional solvency power (Kb value = 99) makes it an ideal candidate for replacement of trichloroethylene (TCE), n-propyl bromide (nPB), benzene, perchloroethylene, methylene chloride, and other strong solvency fluids, where maximum cleaning power is a requirement. Opteon™ SF80 is also a great replacement option for solvents with low to medium solvency power, such as HCFC-225, HCFC-141b, HFEs, PFCs, CFCs, and aqueous cleaners.

Opteon™ SF80 has the ability to clean a wide range of contaminants. The fluid features high solvency and low surface tension, which can improve the efficiency of a vapor degreaser. Opteon™ SF80 is easy to use and provides reliability with hassle-free maintenance.

SF80® is a blend of two key chemicals and both have been registered under REACH. SF80® has no chemicals registered as SVHC.

SF80® is typically used as a replacement for either Hazardous or high cost cleaning solvents for the removal of oils, flux, liquors, paint, machining or sanding particulate. SF80® has a very high wetting index (low surface tension, viscosity and density) and can remove particulate down to submicron levels and will leave no residues.

SF80® has a high solvency (KB value of 99) comparable to Methylene chloride, Trik, Perk, nPB, it solvency is twice that of similar HFE materials providing significant improvements in cleaning and in service life.

SF80® has an 8 hr TWA of 202 ppm (EH40). Typical exposure levels around standard equipment would be around 5 – 10 ppm providing a significant margin of safety. The figure of 202 ppm is comparable to IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) widely used as a hand cleaning chemical.

SF80® is the lowest cost HFO based Fluorinated solvent on the market today however material costs are only one element to consider and the overall cost of the process should be considered when looking at the cost of a solvent cleaning process as each application is different. Due to the unique characteristics of SF80® emissive losses in typical equipment will be around half that of Chlorinated solvents and around a 25% reduction over older generation high value HFC or HFE materials.

SF80® is very effective on a wide range of soils however cleaning trials should be carried out to ensure that the required results are achievable. Fraser Technologies can run trials to ascertain the effectiveness and compatibility of SF80 ™ with your components.

SF80® has a GWP of less than 2.5 meaning it is the lowest GWP of any fluorinated solvent on the market today by a significant margin.

Global-warming potential (GWP) is a relative measure of how much heat a greenhouse gas traps in the atmosphere. It compares the amount of heat trapped by a certain mass of the gas in question to the amount of heat trapped by a similar mass of carbon dioxide. A GWP is calculated over a specific time interval, commonly 20, 100 or 500 years. GWP is expressed as a factor of carbon dioxide (whose GWP is standardized to 1). For example, the 20 year GWP of methane is 72, which means that if the same mass of methane and carbon dioxide were introduced into the atmosphere, that methane will trap 72 times more heat than the carbon dioxide over the next 20 years.

SF80® contains no materials regulated under the F-Gas regulations.

SF80® is an R20 based solvent and as such the SED does apply however the SED threshold limit for SF80® is 2 metric tons.

nPb is an R60 chemistry which is Mutagenic and, therefore, strictly regulated in its use. With the US now recommending 0.1 ppm exposure limit nPb is becoming very difficult to use safely. SF80® has a similar solvency to nPB and in most cases will work equally as well as nPB however it does have a slightly lower boiling point so applications that rely on the high temperature of nPB to assist the cleaning may struggle. Fraser Technologies can run cleaning trials with SF80® to ascertain if the process is suitable for your application.

Trike is an R45 chemistry which is Carcinogenic and, therefore, strictly regulated in use with specific permits required. SF80® has a similar solvency to Trik and in most cases will work equally as well as Trik however it does have a lower boiling point so applications that rely on the high temperature of Trik to assist the cleaning may struggle. Fraser Technologies can run cleaning trials with SF80® to ascertain if the process is suitable for your application.

SF80® has the highest solvency power of any Fluorinated solvent, in general terms this will improve cleaning, allow a higher level of contamination (reducing the frequency of tank clean outs) and has the lowest GWP of any Fluorinated solvent on the market today. SF80® also has a low “in use” cost with significant savings to be had over traditional Fluorinated solvents.

Despite containing a flammable chemistry SF80® is not a flammable Solvent. This is down to the unique patented “Azeotropic” mix of a special inerting agent used to eliminate the flammable element of the solvent. As this is a true Azeotrope the % mix of the chemistry remains unchanged providing a stable, non-Flammable solvent.

An azeotrope is a mixture of two or more liquids in such a way that its components cannot be altered by simple distillation. This happens because, when an azeotrope is boiled, the vapor it produces has proportionate constituents as the original mixture.

Because their composition is unchanged by distillation, azeotropes are also called (especially in older texts) constant boiling mixtures. The word azeotrope is derived from the Greek words ζέειν (boil) and τρόπος (state) combined with the prefix α- (no) to give the overall meaning, “no change on boiling”.

SF80® is an azeotrope having no Flash Point (FP) either in open cup or in a closed cup. Its fluorinated components give this unique no Flash Point property to solvents containing high levels of Trans.

However, there are statements in the material safety data sheet (MSDS) and Technical data sheet (TDS) that warrant further explanation:

    • In section 9 of the MSDS it is detailed that although there is no FP there is an upper explosion ™ limit and lower explosion ™ limit (UEL and LEL) of 7.25 to 15.25 % (70,000 – 140,000 ppm). When using any solvent in cleaning equipment there are 2 possibilities:
      • The vapour is totally saturated (1,000,000 ppm), in which case there is no risk.
      • The vapour is condensed and the concentration is well below 0.002 % wt (202ppm).

Both of these potential scenarios are well away from the 7.25-15.25% LEL and UEL’s. Many solvents have no flash point but have LEL – UEL’s.

See table below for similar products and limits

SOLVENT Lower ExploSF80 ™ Limit Upper ExploSF80 ™ Limit
SF80® 7.25% 15.25%
HCFC – 141b 7.6% 16.7%
Methylene Chloride 12% 19%
Trichloroethylene 8% 11%
nPB 3.8% 9.5%
Novec HFE 72DA 5.9% 14.5%

In section 2 of the MSDS there is a sentence ” In use, may form flammable/explosive vapour-air mixture “. Although this is not true for SF80 ™, we have to insert this statement to comply with DIRECTIVE 1999/45/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 31 May 1999 concerning the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States relating to the classification, packaging and labelling of dangerous preparations, on page 43 of this directive it is stated that:

10. Liquid preparations containing halogenated hydrocarbons
For liquid preparations which show no flashpoint or a flashpoint higher than 55°C and which contain a halogenated hydrocarbon which is more than 5% flammable or highly flammable, the packaging must bear the following inscription as appropriate:

Can become highly flammable in use

or

Can become flammable in use.

As stated above, SF80® is safe in use and the labelling is based on legislative compliance.

SF80® can be used in almost any solvent cleaning system however some of the older systems may not be suitable due to their overall condition or the fact that the cooling system is not sufficient to contain the solvent properly meaning the process would not be economic to run. An FCT product specialist will be able to advise you on the suitability of your existing equipment.

Yes, SF80® is stable and non-flammable in use. The only recommendation would be to follow the recommendations in the MSDS and insure adequate ventilation. You should always do a risk assessment of any new process and SF80® is no exception to this.

Detailed testing of SF80® has shown that this product is safe for use with these materials.  Further material compatibility is available on request.

SF80® is currently being used by a number of major Aerospace companies and new approvals are being granted on a regular basis. An FCT representative will be able to advise you of the latest status.

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