Coal tar solvent

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A volatile solvent mixture obtained from the distillation of coal tar. Coal tar solvent is the lower-boiling fraction (145-180 C) of the neutral portion of the oil. It contains lightweight aromatic hydrocarbons, like benzene, toluene and xylene. Coal tar solvent is used industrially in the manufacture of polymers and for cleaning metals.

Synonyms and Related Terms

solvent naphtha

Density 0.85-0.89

Hazards and Safety


Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 743
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976

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