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Cleaning is an essential process in aircraft production, maintenance and repair to ensure safe operation. Effective cleaning agents must remove a wide range of contaminants, yet be compatible with a wide range of metals, plastics and elastomers.

3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids have proven to be highly-effective and versatile aircraft cleaning solvents:

  • Effective on a wide range of soils. Excellent materials compatibility
  • Can be successfully and economically used in vapor degreasing, tube flushing, spray cleaning and hand wipe operations
  • Excellent for the removal of particulate contamination
  • Outstanding penetration of tight clearances in complex parts
  • Fast drying
  • Not hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), low in acute and chronic toxicity
  • Nonflammable throughout the cleaning and drying process
  • Non-ozone depleting and low global warming potential

3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners are designed to meet the need for safe, sustainable and effective solvents in a convenient aerosol form. These fast-drying, non-flammable materials offer a wide margin of worker safety in their intended applications. And, because they are non ozone-depleting and contain no nPB, HFCs or HAPs, they represent a sustainable technology alternative to ozone depleting solvent cleaners such as HCFC-141b and HCFC-225.

For full details, please see our brochure Using 3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners for Hand-Wipe and Flush Cleaning in Compliance with the U.S. EPA's Aerospace NESHAP.


Regulatory Status


3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are included in the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SNAP lists 3M™ Novec™ 7100 Engineered Fluid and 3M™ Novec™ 7200 Engineered Fluid and components of their azeotropes as "acceptable without restrictions" for use in precision cleaning, electronics cleaning, metal cleaning and aerosol solvent applications. In addition, Novec 7100 fluid and Novec 7200 fluid have been excluded by the U.S. EPA from the definition of a VOC because they have negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone formation.


Cleaning


3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids have proven to be highly-effective and versatile aircraft cleaning solvents:

  • Effective on a wide range of soils. Excellent materials compatibility
  • Can be successfully and economically used in vapor degreasing, tube flushing, spray cleaning and hand wipe operations
  • Excellent for the removal of particulate contamination
  • Outstanding penetration of tight clearances in complex parts
  • Fast drying
  • Not hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), low in acute and chronic toxicity
  • Nonflammable throughout the cleaning and drying process
  • Non-ozone depleting and low global warming potential

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Aircraft Exterior Surfaces

Novec 7100, Novec 7200, Novec 71DE, Novec 72DE*, Novec 72DA*
Boeing, D6 17487 Exterior and General Cleaners Novec 7100, Novec 7200, Novec 71DE, Novec 72DA*, Novec 72DE*
BAC 5750 Solvent Cleaning Novec 71DE, Novec 7100
BAC 5402 Oxygen Tool Cleaning Novec 71DE, Novec 7100
ADS 61 PRS AAMCOM Novec 7100, Novec 71DE, Novec 72DE*
Mil Std. 1330 D Oxygen System Gauge Cleaning Novec 7100
SE-S-0073 NASA Oxygen System Verification and Cleaning, Space Shuttle Novec 7100

* Stating exception of acrylic stress crazing.


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Aerosol Cleaning


3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners are designed to meet the need for safe, sustainable and effective solvents in a convenient aerosol form. These fast-drying, non-flammable materials offer a wide margin of worker safety in their intended applications. And, because they are non ozone-depleting and contain no nPB, HFCs or HAPs, they represent a sustainable technology alternative to ozone depleting solvent cleaners such as HCFC-141b and HCFC-225.

For full details, please see our brochure Using 3M™ Novec™ Aerosol Cleaners for Hand-Wipe and Flush Cleaning in Compliance with the U.S. EPA's Aerospace NESHAP****.


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Electronics Heat Transfer


3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids are unique dielectric materials used to solve a wide range of thermal management challenges. Novec fluids can help reduce component bulk and weight; simplify design; and ensure system reliability. Whether the application is indirect or direct contact, single phase or evaporative, 3M Novec fluids are ideally suited for use as cooling media in demanding applications. Novec fluids are nonflammable, evaporate cleaning in case of spills and maintain low viscosity and high heat transfer efficiency over a wide operating temperature range.

  • Excellent dielectric properties
  • Wide range of boiling points
  • Good materials compatibility
  • Low toxicity, non-irritating
  • Nonflammable and non-combustible
  • Low Global Warming Potential
  • Zero Ozone Depletion Potential

PDF3M™ Thermal Management Fluids Brochure PDF 440k

PDF3M™ Thermal Management Fluids for Military and Aerospace Applications brochure PDF 980k


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Materials Compatibility Tests

When selecting a cleaning solvent, materials compatibility is as important as the solvent’s cleaning ability. Novec fluids are compatible with a wide range of substrates used in aerospace materials, medical devices, optical components, electronics and other parts requiring very clean, spot-free finishes.

Test Description ASTM# Novec 7100 Novec 71DE Novec 7200 Novec 72DA Novec 72DE
Sandwich Corrosion Test F1110 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Acrylic Stress Crazing F484 Conforms Doesn't conform * Conforms Doesn't conform * Doesn't conform *
Paint Softening Test F502 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Hydrogen Embrittlement F519-77 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Hydrogen Embrittlement F519,1C Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Residue Test F485 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Immersion Corrosion Test F483 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Cadmium Removal Test F483 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Low Embrittling Cadmium Plate F111 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms
Flash Point D56 Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms Conforms

* Novec fluids 71DE, 72DA, and 72DE caused visible stress crazing of the acrylic plastics. Testing performed by Scientific Materials, Inc.

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Compare the Total Cost of Ownership of Solvent and Aqueous Cleaning

Advantages of Solvent vs. Aqueous Cleaning

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