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Stearic Acid :
Stearic acid enhances the hydrophobicity of the negative plate in dry charging process. It also reduces the extension of oxidation of lead in an open atmosphere. Stearic acid is often used to coat metal powders of aluminum and iron. It prevents oxidation of metal powders and allows the metal composition to be stored for a longer time. Stearic acid is used along with castor oil for preparing textile sizing softeners and preparation of automobile tires in automobile industry. Stearic acid waxy flakes are used as an emulsifying agent in bringing together materials with oil and water together in the medium.
- Stearic acid is a wax crystalline solid.
- Stearic acid is practically insoluble in water and fairly soluble in chloroform and other organic solvents.