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Structural properties of acrylic

Acrylic is largely used to emphasise some visible appearance where the structural properties is not essential. But in some designs it is extremely important that the acrylic can withstand predefined static and dynamic stresses. Eg. catwalks and aquariums. Construction in acrylic is more complex than steel, because both time and temperature has influence on acrylic properties (acrylic is visco-elastic, steel is linear elastic-ideal plastic). This means that the acrylic strength will change depending on how long it has been loaded and in what temperature. The strength is also reduces when acrylic is exposed to sunlight and especially organic solvents. Acrylic used in higher security groups must therefore be regularly inspected. 20 mm laserskåret akryl
Acrylic is also used when strength is important
  Processing
Machining
  Laser cutting
  Bonding
  Bending
  Polishing
  Engraving
  Thermoforming
   
  Properties
  The use of Acrylic
  Production of sheets and profiles
  Cast versus extruded acrylic
  Chemical resistance
  Structural properties
  Dimensional stability
  Cleaning
  Fire
  Temperature
  Tension and notch
  Printing on acrylic
  Acrylic versus glass
  Acrylic versus polycarbonate
  Trade names for acrylic
  Environmental impacts of acrylics

   
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